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Ancient Word of the Day: Grimmelings

Although similar to the gloaming, grimmelings is a slightly different natural phenomenon at both ends of the rotating sun’s traverse across the sky.

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław. Copyright Content Catnip 2016

Grimmelings – The first or last gleams of the day (Scots, esp. Orkney).
From the Norwegian “grimla”, to glimmer before the eyes, to twinkle or blink. Also “grimlins”.

Cycling adventures at dusk in Wrocław Copyright Content Catnip 2016

Or “the harlot’s hour”: “Just in the close and shutting up of day, When the last gleams were hurrying swift away; The harlots hour their subtle trains to lay” Robert Gould’s 1689 Paraphrase of Proverbs 7 (KJV has “in the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night”)

Via Robert MacFarlane

6 thoughts on “Ancient Word of the Day: Grimmelings

    1. Yes, I love that expression, the harlots hour, who knew that in the olden days they came out during this time, very interesting. Perhaps maybe they capitalised on the soft and kind light that renders everything beautiful.

      1. Oh my gosh…what a cool blog..that guy – Silly Old Sod, he doesn’t take himself too seriously, and that post was very good. I have subscribed! I have found a similarly old book from Edwardian times about ladies of the night and all of the slang that goes along with that. I have been meaning to do a post on it, I just having got around to it. Such amazing and colourful words, I wish they were around nowadays hey

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