Word-a-day advent calendar – 25 new words as a gift to you!

On the bus going to the Advent choir concert I heard someone in the next seat use the word “egregious” (a favorite of mine and of my friend Bill – who frequently thought people were.)

I don’t know if anyone’s done an advent calendar of words, but it seems like a good gift for my grandkids. (Wish I’d thought of this before advent started… maybe next year.)

Some of the seasonal words I had a hard time getting when I was a kid included:

  1. manger
  2. herald as in herald angels
  3. quake
  4. frankincense
  5. myrrh
  6. moor
  7. exultation
  8. troll as in Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, (I knew about the trolls in fairy tales
  9. tidings as in O tidings of comfort and joy,
  10. certain as in: Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay… I still don’t understand if this is certain shepherds as in particular ones or certain as a verb. Can you certain someone?
  11. employ as in let men their songs employ
  12. righteousness
  13. and…virgin as in round yon virgin mother and child.
  14. Now that I think of it, I wasn’t all that clear on “yon” either.

So just 11 more needed for a full set.


One Comment to “Word-a-day advent calendar – 25 new words as a gift to you!”

  1. How about:
    sash, as in tore open the shutters and threw up the sash
    breast, as in the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
    lustre, as in gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below
    coursers, as in more rapid than eagles his coursers they came
    droll, as in his droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
    ere, as in I heard him exclaim ere he drove out of sight

    That’s all I got.

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