Friday, 5 February 2016
Word To Use Today: wharf.
Quebec Wharf, late 1800s.
I'm trying to think of an intellectually coherent reason to recommend this word, but I'm afraid I mostly love it because it sounds like the laugh of an extremely old colonel.
The word wharf has been extended into some interesting forms: there's wharfage, which can mean either a fee for mooring a ship, or the place where you moor them; wharfinger, the owner or manager of a wharf; and wharf rat, which can be either a brown rat, or a person who hangs about wharves, probably for no honest purpose.
The word wharf is, though, at its most irresistible entirely on its own.
Word To Use Today: wharf. This word comes from the Old English hwearf, heap.