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12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | Mental Floss

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

Mental Floss: Arika Okrent: 12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms. Language and its proper usage relates to writing, yeah?

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | Mental Floss

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | Mental Floss

Eldritch - eerie; weird; spooky.                                   Origin: Eldritch is of uncertain origin, but the earlier elrich is equivalent to the Old English el- meaning "foreign, strange, uncanny" and rīce meaning "kingdom"; hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld.”

Origin: Eldritch is of uncertain origin, but the earlier elrich is equivalent to the Old English el- meaning "foreign, strange, uncanny" and rīce meaning "kingdom"; hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworl

spoondrift (Old English)

This is a wonderful word with stirring origins. Nothing to do with the utensil you use to stir your tea, spoondrift is derived from the old Scots word ‘spoon’ which meant ‘to run before the wind’ while drift may come from the Old Norse ‘drift’, like snowd

Old English FEER-ye-brak

Old English FEER-ye-brak // fyrgevraec - the distinct, sharp, crackling or breaking sound made by fire Listening to this in two woodstoves right now!

In this life or others....there's a longing of lost places of the past

A perfect word for the military life. Quotes about Home: Definition for hiraeth (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you can not return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearing, the grief for lost places in your past.

otherwordly | If you could pick one word to summarize yourself, what would it be?

Other words: scripturient: having a consuming passion to write. Or bibliophiliac: one who loves books. I’m definitely a logastellus: one whose love of words is greater than their knowledge of words.

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | Mental Floss

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

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