Here are some more words that surprised me this week with interesting meanings.
As a writer and a general word nerd, I find words fascinating. And beautiful and all those lyrical things.
- a large branch of a tree
- LITERARY to keep someone within limits or stop them from making progress (e.g. He felt fettered by a nine-to-five office existence)
- to tie someone to a place by putting chains around their ankles
- chains for a prisoner’s feet (e.g. he saw a boy in fetters in the dungeons)
- persistent in effort; stubbornly tenacious (e.g. a dogged worker)
- tastelessly showy; ostentatiously ornamented (e.g. gaudy costumes)
- a British celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held at college
- DISAPPROVING a very large, heavy truck (e.g. the peace of the village has been shattered by juggernauts thundering through it)
- a large powerful force or organisation that cannot be stopped (e.g. an advertising juggernaut)
- head (e.g. we’re still scratching our noggins after figuring out what he’s done)
- a small drinking vessel or measure of alcohol (e.g. a noggin of whiskey)
- end of a loaf of bread (not confirmed)
- ‘blow job’
- to travel or move through an area (e.g. they traversed the city from clubs to gardens)
- a short heavy club (e.g. but critics say Trump is using Christmas as a cudgel in cultural warfare)
- in Christian ceremonies, a large, decorative gold or silver cup from which wine is drunk
- in magic, a cup representing the element of water
- the cup shaped interior of a flower
- a drinking cup or goblet
And that is it on my list of weird and wonderful words.
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Until next time!
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