Some Pretty Words For You

August 2, 2010

Courtesy of my Very Exciting and Most Animated (albeit slow-moving) Norton Discovery Tour, documented for the first time here:

“bombleth” (v.)

As in Chaucer, “And as a bitore bombleth in the mire” [‘The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale, l. 978; Norton: 61]. A bitore being, as the notes explain, a bittern or heron, and the bombleth the singing of its “booming” song.

“outtwine” (v.)

As in Chaucer, “Youre semy vois [voice], that ye so smale outtwine” [‘To Rosamund’, l. 11; Norton: 68]. To “outtwine” being to “spin out”, unwind.

“brackish” (adj.)

A long-loved favourite of mine; as in Wyatt, “…such brackish joys” [‘Stand Whoso List’, l. 4; Norton: 130]. Such a lovely image, that of “brackish joys”! Of happinesses bittersweet, briny, halfway spoiled…

“wimpled” (v.)

As in Spenser, “Under a vele, that wimpled was full low” [‘The Faerie Queene: the First Booke’, Canto I, l. 31; Norton: 167]. Or as the notes explain, “lying in folds”.

“love-noon” (n.)

As in Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, “…your ripe year’s love-noon…” [‘Caecilia’, XXXIX, l. 13; Norton: 207]. Oh, pretty, pretty!


One Response to “Some Pretty Words For You”

  1. Moz Says:

    I so often wish that I could outtwine the wonderful time we spend together xx

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