schistose, adj.

schistose, adj. having the character of schist

It might have participated in some great Shakespearean insults – if only it had come into its own just a couple of centuries earlier.

In the late 18th century, schist (a layered type of metamorphic rock) was hewn from the earlier schistus,  modified at the beginning of the 17th century from le French, schiste.
The French had broken up Latin’s schistos lapis (“stone that splits easily”~ Pliny), in turn derived from Greek skhistos (divided, separated) – originally a chip of their ol’ skhizein (to split).

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grog-blossom, n.

grog-blossom, n. a redness of the nose due to drinking

Anyone have some groggy moments over the holiday break? I did and mine were of the “pass me another glass of bubbles”* variety as well as the “sluggish from lack of sleep” type moments.

You may be familiar with the grog back-story:
In 1740 a British Admiral introduced watered down rum into the navy to prevent sailors getting intoxicated on their allocation of spirits. Admiral Vernon’s nickname was “Old Grog” – from the cloak he wore; made from a weatherproof material of silk and wool called grogram. The 50/50 watered rum was called grog, and how the sailors felt when they’d drunk too much of it (thus defeating the good Admiral’s intentions) was described as groggy or groggified.

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testing, n.

test, n. the act of trying for proof

I’ve been testing IFTTT applets to transfer my Instagram posts to WordPress and the process has been testing me. But we’re there now and so while on the topic:


The original test is from the late 14th century and referred to a small vessel used in assaying precious metals. It came to us via Old French’s test (a pot) becoming Modern French’s têt (a cupel – the assaying vessel) from the Latin testum (earthen pot).
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~16c series

16c’s are the third collection from the over-read Concise English Dictionary. This collection of 26 are an expansion of the 16’s series and have been paired with our new swing tags*.
Launched this afternoon at The Market at Franklin’s Twilight Christmas event, each selected word column is preserved by a protective sleeve and completed with dwarvish twine (optional upgrade to leather cord or black ribbon).
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~LD series

The LD’s have been selected from the well-loved (to recycling point) Concise English Dictionary. This small collection of 21 have been cherry-picked especially for Lily & Dot‘s retail shop in Hobart, and paired with our fancy new swing tags*.

Each selected word column is preserved by a protective sleeve and completed with dwarvish twine.
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~ 16s series

The 16s were picked from a well loved copy of the Concise English Dictionary. Found at a garage sale in Howrah, this tired paperback was missing half of its cover and more than a few pages . But the engaging word selection and age-discoloured paper prompted the first Found Words collection.

Each selected word column is protected by an archival sleeve and completed with dwarvish twine (optional upgrade to leather cord or black ribbon).
A header word is tucked inside the top of each sleeve, uniquely naming each bookmark.
Visit foundwordscollection on IG for word features from this series.

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