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Friday, 11 July 2014

Word To Use Today: gliff.


Gliff. Gliff. Gliff...try saying it.

It's great, isn't it? Much too good not to use.

Even better, a gliff isn't anything rare, like a small nocturnal jungle cat known only from one sixteenth century cushion cover, or a headteacher in dungarees. No. A gliff is a swift glance that shows you something startling. 

A gliff can be a sudden fear, too.

It can also describe the amount of time a gliff takes: just for a gliff I thought it was a real lion...

In Scotland - and the Scots are surely too generous to begrudge us this use of their word - a gliff has come to mean a faint trace of something. He may be wearing dungarees, but there's still a gliff of menace about him.

If a day isn't complete without a laugh, then it isn't complete without a gliff, either.

What's going to give yours? A spiders? A cyclist? Or...

...the man in dungarees????


Word To Use Today: gliff. This word comes from the English northern word gliff, from the Middle English gliffen, to look quickly.


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