This past week, @TheLizardQueen informed me a group of cats was called a “glaring.” (It's also known as a "clowder," which is very fun to say.) Of course, this sent me off on the search for more collective nouns, and that’s when I discovered something fa... expiscate [[ SPOILER!!! ]]20 participating I run a side-blog where I sometimes talk about Swedish words I like. Posted there tonight, so thought I'd x-post here.
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I'm reading C.S. Lewis this evening, and this quote seemed pertinent to those of us who enjoy the rich words of eld: The ideal of "timeless English" is sheer nonsense. No living language can be timeless. You might as well ask for a motionless river.5 participating These aren't technically real words, but I thought they might be fun! Fashion has a great vocabulary. It's no surprise, since as long as we've worn clothes, we've needed words to describe them. But as time passes and tastes change, it also has a transient vocabulary; words that are sartorially crucial today are forgotten (o... A Brocken specter, also sometimes referred to as a “mountain specter” or Brocken bow... [is]where one’s shadow is projected onto mist at a lower altitude, where tiny airborne water droplets then reflect that sunlight back at the observer, forming a halo o... This is another one of those fashion words I love. Redingotes began as practical coats for men or women, but became highly stylised over time. In the image above, you’ll see examples from 1790, 1831, 1914, and a badass modern version that appeared on runw...8 participating