Wordjoy: New in the Notebook II

Hey ho, Saturday Wordjoy in the Settlement. I’ve amassed a new crop of words in my notebook, so here they are.

Nyctophilia is love of the night, or of darkness (in other words, the tenebrous)

Connubial means having to do with marriage

A wodewose, alternatively spelled woodewose, woodwose, wodehouse, and any number of other ways, is a hairy wild man of European mythology. I’ve never heard a story about one, but they show up in illuminated manuscripts a lot

The virgule is the slash between words that can be substituted for each other in a sentence. Like and/or or he/she.

Birling is what lumberjacks do in cartoons: standing on a floating log and trying to spin it with their feet without falling off. I saw this word in context in some sort of Scottish environmental protest, though, to mean “spinning in one’s grave.” As in, “so-and-so is birling in his grave.”

Sticking to Scots, Doric is a mid-northern dialect of it.

Spindrift is the spray that wind sweeps across the surface of the sea

A mollyguard is a barrier that has to be broken through to get to your real target. Like the glass over a fire extinguisher, or the flip-over shield over the “launch the nukes” button. I saw this word in a discussion of its origins, which are recent. An early computer engineer, working with computers that had reset or power off or some such buttons on their towers, had to find a way to stop his young daughter, Molly, from pushing those buttons.

Dunnage is loose packing material used to stop the cargo from shifting in a ship’s hold or a modern shipping container

And a truepenny is a trusty fellow.

Hope you enjoyed it; see you again soon!


3 thoughts on “Wordjoy: New in the Notebook II

  1. I love “spindrift” it’s so wonderfully descriptive. And your entry “dunnage” made me think of the difference between flotsam and jetsam – simple to distinguish if you remember float and jettison. I also noticed that neither spindrift nor dunnage appear in my spell-checker dictionary.

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