Word of the Day: TWITTERLIGHT

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

EXAMPLE
“…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

ETYMOLOGY
from stiria (an icicle) + -ous

EXAMPLE
“…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

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

EXAMPLE
“…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: SCRIBACIOUS

ETYMOLOGY
from Latin scrībĕre (to write) + -acious

EXAMPLE
“…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

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

EXAMPLE
“…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

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

EXAMPLE
“…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: PROSTIBULE

ETYMOLOGY
– from Latin prōstibulum (a prostitute, also a brothel),
from prōstāre (to stand forth publicly as for sale), + -bulum (suffix denoting instrument)

EXAMPLE
“…Jack Reacher: What I mean is, the cheapest woman tends to be the one you pay for.
– Sandy: I am not a prostibule!
– Jack Reacher: Well, a prostibule would get the joke
…”

From: The movie “Jack Reacher”
(the original word ‘hooker‘ has been replaced with ‘prostibule‘)

Word of the Day: PURSE-LEECH

ETYMOLOGY
– from purse (receptacle for money) + leech (a person who will ‘stick to’ another for the purpose of getting gain out of him)

EXAMPLE
“…False Counsellors (Concealers of the law),
Turn-coate Attornes, that with both hands draw,
Slie Peti-foggers, Wranglers at the barr,
Proud purse-leaches, Harpies of Westminster,
With fained chiding, and foul iarring noise
Breake not his braine, nor interrupt his ioyes
…”

From: Bartas his deuine weekes and workes
– Guillaume de Saluste Du Bartas 
Translated and dedicated to the Kings most excellent Maiestie By Iosuah Syluester 
(translated by Joshua Sylvester)