Monday, June 19, 2006

Increasing Your Word Power

That isn't exactly the title of the Reader's Digest's old vocabulary quiz but it's the best my memory can do at the moment. And it is brought to mind by this link which was cited just yesterday in a discussion about Scottish dance. The last time I used "outwith" someone did drop me a note to ask where I got it. I explained the meaning, not nearly as extensively as the link does, but I'm sure she got the basic meaning. And as for "where" I got it, I don't actually know. I presumed from my wife. Perhaps unfairly, she gets the blame for a great many of my verbal peculiarities. But the link says it's a purely Scottish word. So perhaps she's innocent in this case.