This blog is for everyone who uses words.

The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.



Sunday, 5 June 2011

Sunday rest. Word Not To Use Today: ail.

Ail.

Isn't that horrible? You can almost feel the self-pity dripping off this word.

It's generally only used by people so annoying they can't even be bothered to make the effort to have a proper wail.

Do try to bear up, do.

Word Not To Use Today: ail. This word is from the Old English word eglan, to trouble, and before that from egle, which means painful.

It's also related to the Gothic agls, which means, interestingly, shameful.

 And may the blessings of good health and cheerfulness be upon you all!

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