The Word-Hoard: Verdigris

November 19, 2018 Bushi 0

Verdigris n. A green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time , consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.   Verdigris is the lesser-known cousin of rust. When iron oxidizes, you get a reddish-brown crust called rust, as I’m […]

The Word-Hoard: Dynamo

November 5, 2018 Bushi 2

Dynamo n. 1. An electric generator, especially for direct current. 2. An energetic, hardworking, forceful person.   Deriving from the Greek dunamis, meaning “power,” dynamo is a nifty little word. It can stand in for “generator,” perhaps in a laboratory or ship scene. Much like the word “firecracker,” it can also […]

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The Word-Hoard: Aureole

November 2, 2018 Bushi 0

Aureole n. 1. A circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy. 2. A corona around the sun or moon. 3. Another term for areola. 4. The zone of metamorphosed rock surrounding an igneous intrusion.   There […]


The Word-Hoard: Pillion

October 22, 2018 Bushi 0

Pillion   n. 1. (a) A light saddle women consisting chiefly of a cushion.     (b) A pad or cushion put behind a man’s saddle chiefly for a woman to ride on. 2. (British) A motorcycle or bicycle saddle for a passenger.   adv. On or as if on […]


The Word-Hoard: Recrudescence

October 17, 2018 Bushi 0

Recrudescence  n. Breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or appearance in active existence. Wowee – million-dollar word here! Despite “breaking out afresh” conjuring images for me of decayed zombie hands thrusting forth from the earth, a Google image search of “recrudescence” turns up rather a lot of scientific-looking […]


The Word-Hoard: Lassitude

October 15, 2018 Bushi 0

Lassitude n. 1. A condition of weariness or debility; fatigue. 2. A condition characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit; languor.   “Lassitude” is a great word for those “fade-to-black” scenes, as below, to describe the  sensation as someone is drugged or otherwise lulled to sleep. It’s also a […]


The Word-Hoard: Schloss

October 8, 2018 Bushi 0

Schloss n. A castle or palace.   There are a number of words for castles and other great houses or fortified compounds – keep, citadel, fortress, stronghold, manor, estate, manse, etc. Sometimes, though, you may want to invoke a certain exoticism or foreignness that such words lack. “Schloss” is the German […]

The Word-Hoard: Beldame

October 2, 2018 Bushi 0

Beldame n. 1. An old woman, especially an ugly one; a hag. 2. (Obsolete) Grandmother.   When I did a Google search for “beldame,” the first several pages of results mostly related to a famous racehorse from the early 1900’s, so it may be worth keeping in mind that the […]


The Word-Hoard: Dray

September 28, 2018 Bushi 0

Dray n. A vehicle used to haul goods; especially a strong cart or wagon without sides.   v. To haul on a dray.   Not too long ago we looked at a similar word – “wain.” Like “wain,” “dray” is another word for a wagon or cart, and like these […]


The Word-Hoard: Shagreen

September 27, 2018 Bushi 3

Shagreen n. 1. An untanned leather covered with small round granulations and usually dyed green. 2. The rough skin of various sharks and rays when covered with small, close-set tubercles.   “Shagreen” is another cool word that I first encountered through Howard’s Conan stories. The material was originally made from horse […]