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Word of the Day

August 8, 2009

Rhadamanthine

From Rhadamanthus +‎ -ine, after Rhadamanthus, a king in Greek myths.

  1. Strictly and uncompromisingly just.
  2. Inflexibly rigorous or severe.

I recently realised that I haven’t got round to unpacking my word calendar but in the meantime I came across this word today and liked it very much.

Feck, arse, drink…

January 6, 2009

My favourite thing I’ve learnt from my Word Origin Calendar (second best non-Christmas present I got for Christmas) is that:

The word “girl” originally referred to a child of either sex, possibly coming from the Old-English word gierela, a garment that children wore. See also: Metonymy.