Word of the Day 18/04/2013 - Thursday 

Thursday n. the day of the week before Friday and following Wednesday

Well, obviously. But this Thursday in particular is my @*th birthday and I was actually born on a Thursday too, which means … ummm … well, not much really.  There must have been loads of times in my interminable lifetime that my birthday has fallen on a Thursday.

Commonly believed to originate from Thor, who is one of the Avengers, ‘Thor’s Day’ is actually a more recent replacement for the older (Old English) Thu(n)resdæg or ‘day of thunder’.

The etymology of this, in turn, is a translation of late Latin Jovis dies or ‘day of Jupiter’ (the God associated with thunder).

A noticeably charmed day, simply by being the penultimate in a normal working week of Monday - Friday and bringing with it a whiff of the weekend.


Word of the Day 20/05/2012 - jorum 


jorum n. large bowl containing drink; its contents.

Thor: Ah, Loki. Pass the jorum, would you, my brother. Errr, I mean adopted brother. Let us drink! And fight! And make our ancestors proud! Well, my ancestors proud. Your ancestors would melt if it got a bit too warm, obviously.

Would you mind holding Mejon, Mjin, Mjoni … my hammer for a sec’. I have to comb my hair.


Word of the Day 31/08/2012 - fabulist 

fabulist n. a person who invents fables, or a liar

Long years ago, when summers gleamed and sunshine pooled into tremulous haziness above the warm roads, a rabbit and a mole were talking in the shade of a sprawling oak tree.

"I heard that Mr Raven squawking in the early hours again," said Mr Mole, squinting at the slinky rabbit beside him.

"Oh, him,” said Miss Rabbit in her seductively deep tones. “Yes, he’s a menace - he keeps me up all night with his cawing.”

"You keep me up all night with that voice,” thought Mr Mole.

"What’s that?"

"Eh? Oh, umm, nothing." said Mr Mole, not realising he’d spoken aloud. "I said ‘true, he keeps me up all night with fat mice’." At his unconvincing cover up, Mole winced, which was hard to see in his little scrunched up face.

"Hmmm, yes." She sounded unconvinced and Mr Mole shifted uncomfortably. He decided to change the subject.

"Lord Toad tells me he’s buying a new motor car next week."

"Oh, Lord Toad is a fabulist!"

Mole coughed and ran a finger under his collar - he’d never heard anyone dare to say anything so scandalous about Lord Toad. “It’s true!” he proclaimed indignantly, “I went for the test drive with him.”

"I’m sure it is true, my dear Mole,” soothed Miss Rabbit sounding not unlike the throaty purr of Lord Toad’s motorbike. “I was referring to the fact that he published a beautiful little tome of fables recently.”

"Oh, I see!" Mr Mole was most relieved that Miss Rabbit wasn’t being scurrilous. "I thought you were calling him a liar."

Miss Rabbit eyed Mr Mole with renewed interest: “You are truly a living thesaurus, my furry darling. I find that so attractive in a mole.”

Mr Mole coughed again. He loosened his top button.

"Allow me to loosen a few more buttons," growled Miss Rabbit, peeling open Mr Mole’s crisp white shirt. "You appear quite flushed."

We will leave them alone now, to indulge their passions and avoid getting acorns in uncomfortable places. But this small tale is in itself the forging of a fabulist. The moral is that words are seductive. Words can make even short, squinty, furry creatures beguiling to slender, beautiful, clever, and also furry other creatures. For words wield a mighty but gentle power and, through all the ages since we learned to talk, have been used to seduce rather than conquer, to tempt rather than trap, to woo rather than possess.


Word of the Day 28/02/2012 - absterge 


absterge vt. to wipe; to cleanse; to purge.

“Hang on, Lotty! I just need to absterge myself and put my trousers back on before we meet our guests.”

Assassin’s Creed fans (including Lotty), take note.  The Templars’ Abstergo has the root of its name in this word.  For their sole intent is to purge the Assassins and wipe them from the world.

The Templars will not prevail, however.

I feel it in my bones.


Word of the Day 24/08/2012 - nonfeasance 

nonfeasance n. failure to perform an act or obligation.

Further to last week’s useful euphemism, malacia, where a chap attempts to to hide his embarrassing detumescence by befuddling, bamboozling, obfuscating, emberlucocking*  and, let’s face it, deceiving his partner, this scrumptious word will suffice to confuse them even more. It could get him out of a sticky situation. Or rather a situation that won’t get sticky because, well, y’know, he can’t…

To be used just as the partner seems to realise what malacia is…

"…And, I should add, this nonfeasance is not about you, it’s me."

*Emberlucock means ‘to bewilder, confuse’. A real and entirely apt word, if a little unfortunate under the circumstances.