4 Mar 2015


Whilst not usually a participant in this meme I do like to see what my words my fellow bloggers who do participate (Yvonne @ Fiction Books and Suko's Notebook included) have come up with and having seen this article in Saturday's Guardian's Review supplement I simply had to share these words that though listed in the newspaper article are not included on the website.

  • aftermath: the first growth of grass in a field after it has been cut (English, Regional)
  • coire: high, scooped hollow on a mountainside, usually cliff-girt (Gaelic)
  • didder: on a patch of bog or marsh; to quiver as a walker approaches it (East Anglia)
  • eawl-leet: dusk, lit. 'owl light' (Lancashire)
  • fizmer: the whispering sound of wind in reeds or grass (Fenland)
  • grimlins: the night hours around midsummer when dusk blends into dawn (Orkney)
  • gruffy ground: the surface landscape left behind by lead-mining (Somerset)
  • grumma: a mirage caused by mist or haze (Shetland)
  • hob-gob: a dangerously choppy sea (Suffolk)
  • muxy: of land; miry, muddy (Exmoor)
  • outshifts: the fringes and boundaries of a town (Camebridgeshire)
  • roarie-bummlers: fast moving storm clouds (Scots)
  • snow-bones: ling thin patches of snow still lying after a thaw, often in dips or stream-cuts (Yorkshire)
  • turn-whol: a deep and seething pool where two quick streams meet (Cumbria)
  • zwer: the whirring sound made by a covey of partridge taking flight (Exmoor)

WWW: Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.


Kelly said...

Well you certainly got me with these. I think every single one is new to me!

Tracy Terry said...

I had heard snow-bones because my sister-in-law's mam is a Yorkshire woman but the rest were also new to me.

Sherry Ellis said...

Those are some interesting words and definitions!

Suko said...

This is quite a collection of unfamiliar-to-me, alphabetized nature words! Your WWW post is as wonderful as the words. Tracy, thank you for the mention. :)

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Tracy,

Thanks for the tag, I haven't smiled so much for ages, as just about all of these words were new to me.

Just to prove that we Zummerset folk (only by emigration, as I am a Wiltshire Moonraker by birth and hubbie a Hampshire Hog)have a language all our own, here are a couple more for your list...

DIMPSEY - “That murky half-light which comes at the end of the day”

GROCKLE - “A holidaymaker or someone from out of town”

It was great to see you joining WWW. I don't seem to come across too many new words these days, which is a real shame, as I love posting to this meme. I'll have to see what I can do!!

Thanks for sharing :)


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I love learning about all of these. Great post!

Claudine G. said...

'Snow bones' sounds so quietly beautiful. Haven't heard of any ot these. Good to learn more.

mark robertson said...

Reminds me of Douglas Adams " The Meaning of Liff" Lovely.

Brian Joseph said...

I love unusual words and this is a neat bunch of them.

I am going to try to use "hob-gob" in a real sentence today :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

What fun! I haven't heard of most of these, so nice to add to my vocab