Word of the Day

Word of the Day: TWITTERLIGHT

? alteration of twilight after twitter (vb. to move tremulously, shake, quiver) + light

“…You can steale secretly hether, you misticall queane you, at twylight, twitterlights,
You haue a priuiledge from your hat forsooth,
To walke without a man, and suspition,”
But we poore gentlewomen that goe in Tires
Haue no such liberty, we cannot do thus

From: Your fiue gallants
As it hath beene often in action at the Black-friers
By Thomas Middleton, 1608

Word of the Day: STIRIOUS

from stiria (an icicle) + -ous

“…The ground of this opinion might be, first the conclusions of some men from experience, for as much as Crystall is found sometimes in rockes, and in some places not much unlike the stirious or stillicidious dependencies of Ice; which notwithstanding may happen either in places which havee been forsaken or left bare by the earth, or may be petrifications, or Minerall indurations, like other gemmes proceeding from percolations of the earth disposed unto such concretions…”

From: Pseudodoxia Epidemica,
or, Enquiries into very many received tenents and commonly presumed truths
By Thomas Browne

Word of the Day: PROSPICIENT

from Latin prōspicient-prōspiciēns (provident, cautious),
present participle of prōspicĕre (to look forward)

“…But for­tune prospicient to the Original of Rome, did provide a Woolf to give suck to the children, who having lost her whelps, and de­siring to emptie her teats, did offer her self as a Nurse to the Infants, and returning often to the children, as to her own young ones…”

From: The History of Ivstine:
taken out of the four and forty books of Trogus Pompeius… together with the Epitomie of the lives and manners of the Roman Emperors 
– Marcus Junianus Justinus
– translated by Robert Codrington, 1654

Word of the Day: NEPTUNIST

from Neptune + -ist

“…Let euery man in his degree enioy his due; and let the braue enginer, fine Dædalist, skilfull Neptunist, maruelous Vulcanist, and euery Mercuriall occupationer, that is, euery Master of his craft and euery Doctour of his mystery, be respected according to the vttermost extent of his publique seruice or priuate industry.…”

From: Pierces Supererogation:
Or A New Prayse of The Old Asse
By Gabriell Harvey, 1593

Word of the Day: SCRIBACIOUS

from Latin scrībĕre (to write) + -acious

“…We have some Letters of Popes, (though not many; for Popes were then not very scribacious, or not so pragmatical; whence to supply that defect, lest Popes should seem not able to write, or to have slept almost 400 years, they have forged divers for them, and those so wise ones, that we who love the memory of those good Popes, disdain to acknowledge them Authours of such idle stuff; we have yet some Letters)…”

From: A Treatise of the Pope’s Supremacy:
to which is added a Discourse Concerning the Unity of the Church
– Isaac Barrow, a1677

Word of the Day: OB-AND-SOLLER

 from ob and sol (scholastic disputation, subtle debate – shortened from objection) + -er 

“…Where Hinderson, and th’ other Masses,
Were sent to cap Texts, and put Cases:
To pass for Deep and Learned Scholars;
Although but Paltry, Ob-and-Sollers:
As if th’ unseasonable Fools
Had been a Cursing in the Schools

From: Hudibras. The third and last part,
By Samuel Butler, 1678

Word of the Day: REJECTANEOUS

from Latin rēiectānea (things which, while not absolutely bad, fall beneath the level of indifference),
from rejicĕre (to reject) + -āneus + -ous 

“…Let them looke carefully about them, and let them be assured of this, that God will haue his glory upon them either in their conversion, if they belong to the number of his chosen servants, or in their confusion, if they be rejectaneous and castawaies.…”

From: Romphaiopheros = the Sword-Bearer.
Or, The Byshop of Chichester’s armes emblazoned in a sermon preached at a synod by T.V. B. of D. sometimes fellow of Queenes Colledge in Oxford,
and now pastor of the church at Cockfield in Southsex.
by Thomas Vicars, 1627

Word of the Day: WAY-LEADER

from way (a track, a road, a path) + leader

“…who shall perfeitely accomplyshe and fulfyll the lawe in the right kynde as it ought to be, but thy sonne beeyng as a waye leader vnto the heauenly preaching of thissame Messias, shall prepare the heartes of menne, that he may deliuer vp vnto Messias at his cumming…”

From: The First Tome or Volume of the Paraphrase of Erasmus vpon the Newe Testamente
– Erasmus, Desiderius
– Translated by Nicholas Udall et al, 1548