Category Archives: Word of the Week

REH Word of the Week: soul-chord

(Portara–Apollo’s Temple–Naxos, Greece) noun 1.a combination of two words—soul: a strong positive feeling (as of intense sensitivity and emotional fervor) and chord: three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously [origin: 1608; alteration of Middle English cord, short for accord] HOWARD’S USAGE: Fling wide the portals, rose-lipped dawn has come To kiss our drowsy visions into […]

REH Word of the Week: forsooth

adverb 1. archaic; in truth; an archaic word originally meaning `in truth’ but now usually used to express disbelief [origin: before 12th century; Middle English for soth, from Old English forsoth, from for+soth sooth] HOWARD’S USAGE: When I was a youth a deep craving for truth Was the least of my juvenile failings; “Student’s Reading […]

REH Word of the Week inkosi

(Shaka Zulu) inkosi noun 1. (var. inkosa and nkosi) (chief, leader, king) [origin: South African] HOWARD’S USAGE: “Then the young chief, Um Silikaz, arose in power, A chief of my own tribe, Mosilikatze. A mighty chieftain of the Matabele. He was a Matabele and so am I. Should I, Umengan, serve a Zulu king? Yet […]

REH Word of the Week: fraught

(image from http://amigosdelminijuego.blogspot.com/) adjective 1. archaic. laden, well supplied or provided [origin: ca 1400; Middle English, freight, load, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German vracht, vrecht HOWARD’S USAGE: Before the shadows slew the sun the kites were soaring free, And Kull rode down the forest road, his red sword at his knee; And winds […]

REH Word of the Week: assagai

(Zulu Lord Chaka (Shaka var.) pictured) noun 1. assegai (var.); a slender hardwood spear or light javelin usually tipped with iron and used in southern Africa [origin: ca 1600; ultimately from Arabic al-zaghaya the assegai, from al-the + Berber zaghaya spear] HOWARD’S USAGE: Chaka sat in his throne of state; no girls that dance or […]

REH Word of the Week: wont

adjective 1. likely to do something or having a tendency to do something; accustomed [origin: before 12th century; Middle English woned, from past participle of wonen to dwell, be used to, from Old English wunian; akin to Old High German wonen to dwell, be used to; Sanskrit vanoti he strives for] HOWARD’S USAGE: “Let it […]

REH Word of the Week: raven

verb 1. prey, plunder or devour; seize forcibly [origin: obsolete.; Old French ravine from Latin rapina rapine] HOWARD’S USAGE: High the towers and mighty the walls, oh proud-crested sons of Babylon. To the fire of the East they have gone forth And the flame of the West has scorched their chariots. The white ice of […]

REH Word of the Week: eorl

noun 1. earl; Anglo-Saxon of noble rank; a nobleman ranking above a thane or alderman [origin:cognate with Old Saxon erl, Old High German erl, Old Norse jarl] HOWARD’S USAGE: A terrible harvest Angus mowed; High heaped the corpses he bestrode. They lay about in a ghastly ring, Leaving a space for his mace to swing. […]

REH Word of the Week: Nilic

noun 1. pertaining or related to the Nile river [origin: Arabic nil; Greek Neilos river valley. ancient Egyptian iteru great river] HOWARD’S USAGE: A white sea was flowing, a bitter wind was blowing; Our chanting shook the cormorants that wheeled about our bows, South—deathward we were sailing, and Aslaf gripped the railing, A hungry dagger […]

REH Word of the Week: Wapping

1. Wapping is a district in East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is situated between the north bank of the River Thames and the ancient thoroughfare simply called The Highway. [origin: The area was first settled by the Saxons, from whom it takes its name (meaning literally “[the place of] […]