Word of the Day: DOITRIFIED

blend of doited (having the faculties impaired by age) and petrified

“…“What passed, say ye? O, there wasna muckle: I was in a great passion, but she was dung doitrified a wee. When she gaed to put the key i’ the door, up it flew to the fer wa’. ‘Bless ye, jaud, what’s the meaning o’ this?’ quo she. ‘Ye hae left the door open, ye tawpie!’ quo she.…”

From: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
By James Hogg, 1824

Word of the Day: TRIPUDIANT

from Latin tripudiāntem, pres. pple. of tripudiare from tripudium (a beating the ground with the feet, a leaping or dancing, a religious dance)

“…All which I mention with a kinde of tripudiant joy, and exultation of spirit, belonging so skilfull a Pilot…”

From: An Exposition vvith Notes, On The whole Fourth Chapter To The Romanes
By W. Sclater, 1650

Word of the Day: BELLIBONE

possibly a corruption of French belle bonne or belle et bonne (fair and good);
if not a humorous perversion of bonnibel (fair maid, bonny lass)

“…PERIGOT. The while my Flock did feed thereby,
WILLY. The while the Shepherd self did spill:
PERIGOT. I saw the bouncing Bellibone;
WILLY. Hey ho Bonnibel!
PERIGOT. Tripping over the Dale alone,
WILLY. She can trip it very well

From: The Shepheardes Calender
VIII: August
By Edmund Spenser, 1579

Word of the Day: PHILOXENY

from Latin philoxenia (love of strangers; eagerness to show hospitality);
or: from Greek ϕιλοξενίζειν from ϕιλόξενος (philoksenos) (loving hospitality or strangers), from ϕιλο- (philo-) + ξένος (xenos) (stranger) + -ia (-y)

“…for by this philoxeny, the virtue inclining and disposing the mind to the entertainment of strangers, is in the first place intended…”

From: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
By John Owen, 1814

Word of the Day: STIVER-CRAMPED

– a stiver was a small coin (originally silver) of the Low Countries:
applied to the nickel piece of 5 cents of the Netherlands

“…as, according to a very nice calculation, that cutaneous reservoir, vulgarly called the breeches-pocket, and notorious for its unaffected sympathy with the animal spirits, will be stiver-cramped: I shall then indulge them with a touch of the sublime!…”

From: The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of James Molesworth Hobart
By N. Dralloc, 1794

Word of the Day: CALAMISTRATE

from Latin calamistratus (crisped, curled with the curling iron), 
from calamistrum (curling iron)

“…Which belike makes our Venetian Ladies at this day, to counterfeit yellow haire so much, great women to Calamistrate and curle it up, vibrantes ad gratiam crines, & quot orbibus in captivitatem flexos, to adorne their heads with spangles, pearles, and made flowres, and all Courtiers to affect a pleasing grace in this kinde…”

From: The Anatomy of Melancholy
By Robert Burton, 1628

Word of the Day: FLAMFEW

corruption of French fanfelue, from medieval Latin famfalūca (bubble, lie),
apparently from Greek πομϕόλυξ (bubble)

“…In brest of the Godesse Gorgon was cocketed hardlye,
With nodil vnioyncted, by death, light vital amoouing.
Voyd ye fro theese flamfews, quoa the God, set a part the begun wurck

From: Thee First Foure Bookes of Virgil his Aeneis
Translated intoo English heroical verse by Richard Stanyhurst, 1582