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Hard Words of the 18th Century
Extracts from my 18th Century Dictionary - An Universal Etymological Dictionary by Nathan Bailey. DM your word requests. My alter ego
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Megan Wisdom Jan 31
Tried to post direct to Twitter but too long... So enjoy this YouTube video of me singing the cracking of the Devil and the Feathery Wife!
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 31
Pretty accurate fpr this morning, i think! Anyone got any pics? ❄️ COBWEB MORNING
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Alun Withey Jan 27
A remedy for a nosebleed from a Welsh remedy collection of 1721: “take a cobwebb with a spider in it, and putt it in your nose and it will helpe".
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 21
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Susie Dent Jan 19
A ‘companion’ is someone with (com) whom you eat bread (panis), while ‘mate’ is a sibling of ‘meat’, because a friend is someone who sits at your table. Food and body shape have been directing our language from the start:
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 19
Awesome! Can we personify more words please? In Magic or otherwise?
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Megan Wisdom Jan 17
In Wissett, Suffolk, there were Treacle Mines... Not as delicious as they sound, these were pits used to rot hemp so that the fibres could be used in weaving. The resulting sludge is what gave rise to the name.
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 16
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 15
I seem to have stumble upon a few words to describe certain people who are voting on a certain deal tonight. What a coincidence. DOLT-DOLTISH
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 14
Replying to @lauravarnam
😍 Want one! 😍
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 14
I've set mine to "it's always 5 o'clock somewhere". HORODIX
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Haggard Hawks 📚🦅 Jan 7
The word CLUE derives from ‘clew’, an Old English word for a ball of string. It came to mean ‘a hint that aids a solution’ through allusion to the Greek legend of Theseus, who used Ariadne’s ball of thread to find his way back out of the Labyrinth after killing the Minotaur.
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 13
Here's to everyone who isn't going to make it out of bed until midday today.🙌 YEANDER
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 12
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Bonus Cat Proverb: A CAT MAY LOOK UPON A KING 8/8
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 12
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CATS-HEAD & CAT-PEAR 7/8
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 12
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Hard Words of the 18th Century Jan 12
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CAT-FISH, CATS-FOOT & CATS-TAIL 5/8
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