The obscure word of the week is ravening

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlThis week’s obscure English word is ravening.

It means something that is rapacious or voracious, and was slightly mis-used by sci-fi pulp writer E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith in the context of ray guns, in which the rays they shot out were always ‘ravening’. Um… quite. (Personally I always thought ‘ray guns’ were a device that turned anything they hit into a petrol attendant named Ray, but perhaps I have been watching too much of the original The Tick.)

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

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One thought on “The obscure word of the week is ravening

  1. Unless protected by a force field, everything that ‘Doc’ Smith’s rays touched, disappeared as if eaten(away) up. That sounds like correctly-used ravening to me. 🙂


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