REH Word of the Week: huckle


1. the hip or haunch

[origin: archaic; diminutive of Middle English huck hip, haunch; perhaps related to Old Norse h?ka to squat]


—And a dozen death-blots blotched him
On jowl and shank and huckle,
And he knocked on his skull with his knuckle
And laughed—if you’d call it laughter—
At the billion facets of dying
In his outstart eye-balls shining.—

[from “The Skull of Silence”; this is the complete poem as printed in The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 201]