Here's this week's list of Old English words that still have some life in them. In fact, I think all of them apply to my current occupation, which is, has been, and will continue to be, proof-reading!
Noun – A 17th-century word meaning “continual writing” – Matadorians taking part in this year’s National Novel Writing Month are getting good practice at scriptitation!
Noun – “A state of mental disturbance or confusion” – I can start using this obsolete Scottish word right away: “While working on writing my thesis, I find I am in widdendream.”
Adj. – An Old English and Middle English word meaning “careless, heedless, negligent” – Pronounced as “yeem-lis,” this is another word that could prove useful for teachers around the world: “Handing in messy and incomplete work just shows me you are being yemeles, and I won’t hesitate to give you a zero for the assignment.”
Noun – “Twilight” – Used in the early 17th century, “twitter-light” sounds like a romantic way to refer to the hours as the sun goes down.
Adj. – “Alluring, enticing, attractive” – Alright, so at first this word kind of sounds a way to describe something diseased, but if you put the stress on the second syllable for emphasis, it does sound like a compliment: “That girl was so illecebrous; I’ve got to figure out how to see her again.”
Yes, indeed, I've been working overtime this week, sitting at the keyboard well into the hours of twitter-light, which for me, I think, should be the time when I usually put away the stuff I HAVE to do and substitute a few rounds of twittering about why I'm not doing it. I've been in a state of widdendream for days, wondering if these chapters make sense or if they're sheer blathering. I'd love to think that my next book will bee illecebrous to my readers, but I've engaged in its scriptitation for so long now that it feels as though it was composed by a yemeles writer.
HMMM. that sounds so gloomy, I think I'd better head back to an earlier list and find a way to deliciate over a brannigan or have a good kench at my own expense.