The obscure word of the week is spanghew

This week’s obscure English word is spanghew. It’s an obsolete term that primarily means hurling something into the air, especially a frog.

Yes, you read that right. In the early medieval period, in England, it was something of a sport to use sticks to hurl frogs or toads into the air. A practise we rightly consider barbaric today but which, at the time, was linked in with a whole mind-set that can only be regarded as very different, and I am very glad people don’t think that way today.

The word spanghew, since, has also been used to mean throwing anything suddenly and violently into the air.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2021


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