This blog is for everyone who uses words.

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

Monday, 3 December 2012

Spot the frippet: pilgarlic.

Oh, the joy of words. They can turn even the most everyday object into a thing of adventure and a delight.

Like pilgarlic, for example.

Here's a pilgarlic:

(That's Darwin, by the way.)

Now, that's an imposing sort of a pilgarlic, but they can be beautiful, too:

Little Baby
<a href="">Little Baby</a> by Petr Kratochvil.

And, okay, this is a bit of a cheat, but this eagle is too glorious to leave out.

Bald Eagle

Yep, a pilgarlic is a bald head. A pilgarlic can also be a dialect word for a pitiable person, too.

So there we are. A whole new source of pleasure, and an easy spot, for us all.


Word To Use Today: pilgarlic. This word is a squashed-up version of peeled garlic. Garlic comes form the Old English gārlēac, from gār, which means spear, and lēac, leek. And, rather elegantly as far as this post is concerned, the word peel comes from the Latin word pilāre, which means to make bald, from pilus, which means hair.

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