The obscure word of the week is cuckooning

This week’s obscure English word is cuckooning. It was coined by Lady Cynthia Asquith (1887-1960) to describe her lifestyle during the First World War. Her husband, Herbert ‘Beb’ Asquith, was serving in France; she was left to bring up their two young sons. Although she was daughter of Hugo Charteris, the 11th Earl of Wemyss … More The obscure word of the week is cuckooning

The obscure word of the week is dandiprat

This week’s obscure English word is dandiprat. It’s a sixteenth century word meaning somebody who is young or insignificant. I quite like it – there seems all kinds of opportunity for some outrageous Shakespearean insults with it. ‘Thou impudent dandiprat!’ Your challenge: write a Shakespearian sentence or two in the comments, using this word. Copyright … More The obscure word of the week is dandiprat