beek \BEEK, verb:
1. To bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fire.
2. (Of wood) to season by exposure to heat.
“Galen, you and the lads go beek yourselves by fireside.”
— Deborah MacGillivray, One Snowy Knight
I ran towards him-but I remember no more,-though at times something crosses my mind, and I have wild visions of roofless walls, and a crowd of weeping women and silent men digging among ashes, and a beautiful body, all dropping wet, brought on a deal from the mill-dam, and of men, as it was carried by, seizing me by the arms and tying my hands,-and then I fancy myself in a house fastened to a chair;-and sometimes I think I was lifted out and placed to beek in the sun and to taste the fresh air.
— John Galt, Ringan Gilhaize: or, The covenanters
Beek is related to the same Middle English root that results in bake.
kith \KITH, noun:
Acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.
Charles 0. Brockway is unquestionably the foremost forger of America and the equal of any of his kith across the water.
— De Francias Folsom, Our police: A history of the Baltimore force
While the men were at the funeral of my dear Shekure’s father, the women, kith and kin, spouses and friends, gathered in the house and shed their tears, and I, too, beat my chest in mourning and wept with them.
— Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red
Kith finds its origin in the Old English cunnan, “to know.” Can and other English words stem from the same source.
I would gladly go to that party.
verb tr., intr.:
1. To soften by soaking or steeping in a liquid.
2. To separate into parts by soaking.
3. To weaken or to become thin; to emaciate.
From Latin macerare (to make soft, weaken). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mag-/mak- (to knead, to fit) that is also the source of make, mason, mass, match, among, mongrel, mingle, and maquillage.
“The plastic rubbish has been macerated by marine forces and is composed of small particles that float just below the surface, killing fish that mistake it for food.”
John Maxwell; Boojum Hunting in the Caribbean; Jamaica Observer (Kingston); Jan 24, 2010.
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orthoepy \awr-THOH-uh-pee, noun:
1. The study of correct pronunciation.
2. The study of the relationship between the pronunciation of words and their orthography.
Another etymology, still more ancient, and sanctioned by the countenance of our ever to be-lamented Dutch ancestors, is that found in certain letters still extant, which passed between the early governors and their neighboring powers, wherein it is called indifferently Monhattoes, Munhatos, and Manhattoes, which are evidently unimportant variations of the same name; for our wise forefathers set little store by those niceties either in orthography or orthoepy, which form the sole study and ambition of many learned men and women of this hypercritical age.
— Washington Irving, Knickerbocker’s History of New York
Any one could then spell any word if he knew its pronunciation; the battle would shift to the field of orthoepy; and about such groups of words as “fog,” “dog,” “god,” “grass,” “gas,” “path,” “can’t” and the like, which would vary in spelling with different styles of utterance, would flame up internecine wars.
— Samuel McCoy, “Memory,” The Reader, December, 1906.
Orthoepy is essentially a modification of the Greek orthoepeia, literally “correctness of diction.”
noun: A prayer.
Via French from Latin oration (speech, prayer), from orare (to speak, pray), from os (mouth).
“David Carlin’s brilliant title, Our Father Who Wasn’t There, mingles orison and lament. It is the apparent opening of a prayer for an absent or lost father.”
A Son Searches for the Father Who Wasn’t There; The Canberra Times (Australia); Feb 6, 2010.
distrain \dih-STREYN, verb:
1. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts.
2. To levy a distress upon.
He would be thinking of her as a Fury coming to carry him off, or even as a tipstaff with warrant to distrain. Yet it was not she, but Love, that was the bailiff.
— Samuel Beckett, Murphy
He had come up against a very crafty minx who, instead of seeking to distrain his effects, went for him instead, had him arrested and jailed.
— Denis Diderot, Jacques the fatalist and his master
Distrain is ultimately a combination of two Latin roots, dis, “apart,” and stringere, “to draw tight.”
lupine \LOO-pahyn, adjective:
1. Savage; ravenous; predatory.
2. Pertaining to or resembling the wolf.
1. Any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Lupinus, of the legume family.
He has a lupine, dare-all energy to his performance; lying fires him.
— J. Tatham, “There Will Be Blood - A Review,” Movie Waffle (blog), March 2008.
Thin as a whippet, she had later reported to her husband, with something canine, or rather lupine, in the face as well, the heavy-lidded eyes intelligent and watchful and pale.
— Michael Chabon, The final solution: a story of detection
Lupine derives from the Latin lupinus, “of the wolf.” The relation between the animal, savagery, and the plant of the same name is unclear.