14 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is gelid

        1. The best part is that some of that first edition OED was written by J R R Tolkien, as his ‘day job’ before becoming an Oxford don. I believe he got the word ‘walrus’ to work on. Anecdotally, when his publisher later had him on about ‘dwarves’, on the basis that the plural wasn’t spelt that way in the OED, Tolkien retorted by explaining that he’d worked on that very dictionary.

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