The obscure word of the week is frumenty

This week’s obscure English word is frumenty. It’s the name of an eighteenth century pudding made mostly of wheat boiled in milk, sweetened with sugar, often with raisins, thickened with egg yolk and topped with a spice such as nutmeg or cinnamon. The word is derived from Middle English, French and then Latin, meaning ‘corn’.  … More The obscure word of the week is frumenty

The obscure word of the week is pounce – but not that pounce, another pounce

This week’s obscure English word is pounce in its noun form. The usual ‘pounce’ is a verb and means to suddenly jump on something, literally or figuratively; but the noun ‘pounce’ has a very different meaning. It refers variously to a fine powder used to stop wet ink from spreading on a page, or to … More The obscure word of the week is pounce – but not that pounce, another pounce