Dreich

dreich |dɹiːx| adjective • Scottish English (of the weather) dull and depressing; dreary, bleak; cold, unpleasant, and often wet. I will admit upfront that I'm not one for small talk. I'm not good at it and I don't particularly enjoy it. You could argue that one is a consequence of the other, but I just …

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Trolsk

trolsk adjective • Swedish enchanting, elvish, magical, or bewitching, usually in reference to forests or nature. A foggy October morning. A chill in the air as the world stirs to life in the sleepy pale of the morning light. Colors muted by a dim haze that sits silently upon the ground. As you walk along …

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Aiteall

aiteall |ˈætʃɪl| noun • Irish the period of nice weather between two rain showers. Sometimes it seems like the weather where I live is experiencing a constant identity crisis. The storms here are the most unpredictable I've ever seen. There will be entire weeks of continuous forecasted thunderstorms, and during those weeks there might be …

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Estival

estival |ˈɛstəvəl| (also aestival)adjective • English of, like, or pertaining to summer; occurring or appearing in, or typical of, the summer; summery. There are certain words that demand to be written about at a certain time, sometimes even during a specific week. For these words, I will wait for months until the right time comes. …

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Soodraght

soodraght |suːdrɑxt| noun • Manx the sound of waves hitting the shore. I've developed a very sudden fondness for Celtic languages. I've always found them interesting; any language that is able to rival English's notoriously low correlation between spelling and pronunciation earns my respect. But only as I began to research Manx, the official language …

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Trochilidine

trochilidine |ˌtroʊˈkɪlədɑɪn|adjective • English of, like, or pertaining to hummingbirds. Birds are fascinating. They're marvels of the animal kingdom, capable of physical and mental acrobatics that are making us reconsider what is possible. Recent studies have illuminated them as astoundingly intelligent, and they even have language, a trait that was once thought unique to humans. …

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