Ancient Word of the Day: Whelm

Whelm originates from Old English and it means to overturn or capsize a hollow vessel (a boat, a heart); to bury by wave, flood, storm, avalanche. The etymology is from the Old English hwelfan, to ‘upheave’. This explains the modern use of “overwhelmed” and “underwhelmed”. No voice divine the storm allay’d, No light propitious shone;Continue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Whelm”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #46

Bonjour et bienvenue. This weeks wild and wooly wonders blew off the neighbours washing line into my backyard and now I’m just sifting through them! The first lines of famous books infographic This infographic definitely makes me want to check out some of these books I haven’t gotten around to reading yet. What about you?Continue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #46”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #44

Roll-up, roll-up to the bizarre three-ringed circus of 10 Interesting Things, where acrobats breathe fire and things go bump in the night. I hope you enjoy this carnival of weekly delights…. Fairytale images from Yakutia, Siberia by Alexeï Vassiliev I love the ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ vibes of these places and the combination ofContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #44”

Ancient Word of the Day: Crudelis

Crudelis: Latin To delight in blood and gore. Over time this word came to mean being vicious and cruel The word Crudelis comes from an even older word in Proto-Indo-European, simply Kru which means blood, gore and viscera. Kru words show up in the English language a lot in association with bloody and awful deaths.Continue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Crudelis”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #43

In the areas between the two hemispheres of your brain there is a cloudy twilight zone where weird things hang out, this is where you will find these random things. I hope you enjoy them! Thank you for reading… Sampson is allowed into the lab, so long as he wears full PPE A Golden RetrieverContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #43”

Ancient Word of the Day: Khemeia

Khemeia: The extraction of juices for medicine, from Ancient Greek Related to the word Khumos meaning plant juice. This word khemeia travelled from Greece to the Medieval Arabic world where it came to mean al-khemeia or alchemy. The goal of alchemists was to bring a mystical fifth element known as the ‘quintessence’ from the divineContinue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Khemeia”

Ancient Word of the Day: Emacitus

Emacitus: The desire to buy things from Latin. The English version of this word ‘Emacity’ fell out of use at the beginning of the 20th Century. This was replaced by less beautiful terms to describe the same thing, such as shopaholic, consumerism and retail therapy. Emacitus derives from the even older Proto-Indo-European word Em YouContinue reading “Ancient Word of the Day: Emacitus”

10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #36

Yo-Ho-Ho and a mug of Horlicks, I hope you are all going well and are safe. Here is installment 35 of weird stuff from the internet, I hope you enjoy it. Tally Ho chaps and chapettes. Concentrates of place by Tanya Shandrick #ConcentratesOfPlace: even before the lockdowns, I rarely had the health to travel oftenContinue reading “10 Interesting Things I Found on the Internet #36”