the comfort of words

What did I tell you? My stomach has (almost) stopped aching. It's raining. The Blue Jays are losing. I'll check ouit some more words I have been stockpiling. I'm almost to page 800 in my West book (Black Eagle andGrey Falcon), only 300 to go.  Hence, more words.

juggins noun Brit. informal, dated simple-minded or gullible person: you silly juggins.  ORIGIN late 19th cent.: perhaps from the surname Juggins, from Jug(see jug); compare with muggins. [I didn't think I'd find this one.  Fun.]

 slatko  I didn't think I'd find this one and I didn't. I gather it's a kind of drink- wine?

minbar  noun: a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque.  ORIGIN from Arabic minbar.  [Never knew the name of these steps.]

guilder rose noun:  a deciduous Eurasian shrub with flattened heads of fragrant creamy-white flowers, follo wed by clusters of translucent red berries.●Viburnum opulus, family Caprifoliaceae. See also snowball tree.  ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Dutch geldersche roos ‘rose of Gelderland’ (see Gelderland) .

chiral adjective  Chemistry:  asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable. DERIVATIVES  chirality.  noun    ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek kheir ‘hand’ + -al.   [I think I looked this up before. Doesn't hurt.]

Phanariot  noun: a Greek official in Constantinople under the Ottoman Empire.  ORIGIN modern Greek phanariōtēs, from Phanar, chief Greek quarter of Istanbul, from Greek planarian ‘lighthouse’ (one being situated in this area). [This for sure is from the West book. I doubt I'll ever use this one in a sentence.  I'm not into Greek officials under the Ottoman Empire.)

eupeptic  adjective:  relating to or having good digestion or a consequent air of healthy good spirits.  ORIGIN late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘helping digestion’): from Greek  eupeptos, from eu ‘well, easily’ + peptein ‘to digest’.  [I knew this but ti doesn't hurt to check.]

scullion   nounarchaic: servant assigned the most menial kitchen tasks.  ORIGIN  late 15th cent. of unknown origin but perhaps influenced by scullery.   [I've often said that if I had been born into another century, with my luck I'd have been a scullery maid. So I've known the word for a long time.]

ephebe noun (in ancient Greece): a young man of 18–20 years undergoing military training.  DERIVATIVES  ephebic adjective. ORIGIN   via Latin from Greek ephēbos, from epi ‘near to’ + hēbē ‘early manhood’. [Again, not a word I'll use often, if at all.  I read somewhere that the average person uses about 5000 words in his/her everyday speech, though I wonder about Millennials and the influence of acronyms in their texting. Anyway, someone once estimated my dormant vocabulary at about 30,000 words. After reading Rebecca West I hink I must be up to 31,000.]

frumenty |(also furmety)  noun: [ mass noun ] old-fashioned dish consisting of hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned with cinnamon and sugar.  ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French frumentee, from ferment, from Latin frumentum ‘corn’.  [I bet it's full of gluten.]

The Blue Jays are losing but it's only the bottom of the fifth. Ah,  well. I should talk about Damo Runyon some time.