Last week I set myself a new linguistic challenge. So I’ve been revelling in the rosy afterglow, all fired up and inspired. It has been a really interesting week, mulling over all the possibilities for unfamiliar, quirky ‘A’ words to choose from to start off my alphabet.
When I threw down my own personal gauntlet, I hadn’t expected it to give me such an insatiable appetite for reading. It has also really focused my attention, absorption, and analysis (an avalanche of ‘A’ words. Unavoidable this week I’m afraid!) of what I am actually reading, too. I have been really pleasantly surprised, as these are lovely, completely unintended side-effects. I can tell already that I am going to love doing these posts each week.
Anyway, without further ado, this weeks word…
Chosen from the book that inspired the challenge, the Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Words (1984, George Stone Saussy III).
- whitened, faded, bleached.
- growing or shading into white.
- to become white, from albus, white;
- becoming white or whitish; moderately white; of a pale, hoary aspect; bleached; blanched.
I am already thinking of ‘B’ words for next week, but before I go I’ll finish with an example of this week’s word in context. It is from John Gardner’s (1970) The Wreckage of Agathon, drawn from the examples given in the Penguin Dictionary:
‘Athens – beautiful, albescent as an aging virgin, irrational, tyrannical, deep-dreamed as a wife inexplicably wronged’.
I haven’t found one I like more, but perhaps you know of a better one? Or do you have a better ‘A’ word up your sleeve? I’m all ears if you’ve got something good to share!