I subscribe to a great little newsletter (one of oh so many in my bulging inbox) called A Word A Day, and every day it sends me a new word. (Funny that.) This week’s theme is archaic words; those poor tidings that we’ve forgotten; those funny smelling fat kids of the cerebral playground whom nobody ever remembers. So let’s grab four of those poor little blighters and throw them a bone, eh?
- Garboil (GAHR-boil) noun: Confusion; turmoil.
- Scrannel (SKRAN-l) adjective : Thin. Unmelodius.
- Sweven (SWEV-uhn) noun : Dream; vision.
- Ween (ween) verb : To think, suppose, believe.
The NightmareWith scrannel sounds she Called the hounds Who broke asunder And crashed like thunder Through her sweven and dream Willing her thus to ween With garboil and dread Of a scourge yet bled.