Word of the Day

Word of the Day: CLAWBACK

from ‘to claw the back of‘ (to flatter, fawn upon)

“…Yea, trouble not your self sir, ye may hauke and hunt, & take youre pleasure. As for the guiding of your kingdom and people, let vs alone with it.
These flattering clawbackes ar original rotes of all mischief

From: The Second Sermon of Maister Hughe Latimer, which be Preached before King Edward
By Hugh Latimer, 1549

Word of the Day: EYE-BRINE

from eye + brine

“…The Iudge that would be lik’st him, when he giues
His Doome on the Delinquent most that grieues.
Powders his words in Eye-brine, so to tast
of Grace, to them, that (so condemn’d) are grac’t

From: A Select Second Husband for Sir Thomas Ouerburie’s Wife,
now a Matchlesse Widow;
Divers Elegies Tovching the Death of the Never Too Mvch Praised and Pitied, Sir Thomas Overbvry
By John Davies, 1616

Word of the Day: INCREPATE

from Latin increpāt-, ppl. stem of increpāre (to make a noise at, scold, chide),
from in- (in-) + crepāre (to make a noise, creak, etc.)

“…Yes, Jonas is passionate, but God doth oppose him; he is eager upon a cruell bent, but God doth increpate, and interrogate him…”

From: God’s plea for Nineveh,
or, London’s Precedent for Mercy Delivered in Certain Sermons within the city of London
By Thomas Reeve, 1657

Word of the Day: VULPECULATED

from Latin vulpecula, dim. of vulpes (fox)

“..the Dun Cow went a maskarado last night, and is not as yet returned. Upon the fourth of this month our neighbour Geoffrey’s barn was eclipsed, ab ovo ad mala. And the night before Widdow Wamford was vulpeculated of her brood Goose.—latet anguis in herbâ. The Turkie Cock growes very melancholy…”

From: Mr Hobbs’s State of Nature Considered,
In a Dialogue Between Philautus and Timothy
By John Eachard, 1672

Word of the Day: NEED-NOT

from need (vb.) + not

“…As if divine providence had so di∣vided it, that other lands should be at the care & cost to bear, dig out and refine, and Iudea have the honour and credit, to use, expend, yea neglect, such glittering need-nots to humane happinesse…”

From: A Pisgah-sight of Palestine and the Confines thereof with the History of the Old and New Testament acted thereon
By Thomas Fuller, 1650

Word of the Day: GRUMBLETONIAN

from grumble (vb.), in imitation of Muggletonian and Grindletonian, names of religious sects in the 17th century

“…Whether great Sect of Grumbletonians in the Countrey, whom nothing will satisfie, been’t the worst Enemies which this Countrey can have?…”

From: Further Quaeries upon the Present State of New-English Affairs
By S.E., 1690

Word of the Day: QUATERVOIS

after French quatre (four) + voie (way)

“…Of these conduits two are speciall, the one of them standeth and is within the cemiterie or churchyard of the cathedrall church of the said citie, and is called saint Peters conduit: the other being of great antiquitie standeth in the middle of the citie, at the méeting of foure principall streets of the same, and whereof somtimes it tooke his name, being called the conduit at Quatrefois or Carfox; but now the great conduit…”

From: Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicle
By Abraham Fleming, 1587

Word of the Day: MAMMOTHREPT

from  Latin mammothreptus, from Greek µαµµόθρεπτος (brought up by one’s grandmother),
from µάµµη (grandmother) + θρεπτός (vbl. adj.), from τρέϕειν (to bring up)

“…Amor. Nay play it I pray you, you do well, you do well: how like you it Sir?
Hed. Very well in troath.
Amor. But very well? O you are a meere Mammothrept in iudgement then; why do you not obserue how excellently the Ditty is affected in euery place? that I do not marry a word of short quantity, to a long Note, nor an zscending Sillable to a discending Tone

From: The Fountaine of Selfe-Loue;
or, Cynthias Reuels
By Benjamin Jonson, 1601

Word of the Day: OPERATORIOUS

from Latin operatorius (creating, forming) + -ous

“…For no Lesse are they effectuall to transubstantiate the cup, then their wordes spoken of the bread are operatorius & myghty to transubstātiate the bread. For as they say of the bread, Thys is my body, so say they of the Cup, This cup is the new testament…”

From: Two Notable Sermons
By John Bradford, 1574