"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Tuesday, 10 December 2013


   Elucubration (sadly now obsolete) meant studying or writing something useful by candlelight or while staying up late. 

Rather like me at this moment except that my candles are electric light bulbs and I've actually got up early rather than stayed up late - so, actually, nothing at all like me. 

Sunday, 1 December 2013


   I anpeyn most of the time.  I am at the moment anpeyning to do this post without any typographical errors.  To anpeyn simply means to try one's hardest.

The antonym anp was frequently used in the past in place of the now more common amp.  So if I were to reintroduce this archaic word into the language I should perhaps write it as ampeyn.  No one can say I don't ampeyn to give you the proper word for things!