Hello again, folks! Welcome to another episode of Words for the Week, which happens every Sunday. I have so many books full of great words, and I so rarely have an excuse to delve into them. So I’m putting together a small selection of these lovely words once a week, in the hope that you enjoy them as much as I do. And for a little more interest, I’m going through the alphabet! So this week’s words begin with ‘G’.
Gallimaufry (noun): A jumble, a hodge-podge, a ridiculous medley.
I can only think that someone jumbled a word that already meant a jumble in order to make ‘Gallifrey’. I included this word partly because I vaguely remembered a book with a character called Gallimaufry? And she had a hot air balloon, and soup? Unless maybe gallimaufry soup is a separate thing… Let me know if you can solve the mystery of Gallimaufry.
Gormandizer (noun): Someone who eats greedily and excessively; a guzzler. Or someone who indulges in good eating.
What’s interesting about the dual meaning of this one is that there’s clearly supposed to be some kind of negative implication to the second meaning. It’s almost like there’s this social concept that if you eat rich food, or lots of food, then you must be fundamentally weak in some way? Huh. I mean, this word is here because it sounds cool, but it also sounds more like a tank than a judgement.
Gadwaddick (verb): Norfolk. To jaunt, to go on a pleasure trip.
A merry jaunt. That’s exactly what it sounds like, doesn’t it? Gadwaddicking on the Broads. Even saying it makes me feel closer to a holiday, with wide skies and sea breeze.
Grumptious (adjective): Yorkshire. Inclined to grumbling, irritable, sullen. “Any of us can be grumpy at times; but grumptious better describes someone for whom grumpiness is a character trait.”
I bet you know someone who is not just grumpy; they are actually grumptious. Sometimes, with careful planning of the social calendar, you can keep these people in your life. Sometimes, they need to go.
Gansey (noun): North Sea coast, Scotland. Fisherman’s traditional woollen sweater, usually navy blue and patterned, with designs varying from family to family and area to area.
Now, to be fair, you may have known that The Raven Boys’ Gansey was named after a hecking woolly jumper, but I did not. And if you did not, then now you do. You’re welcome. Now I’m wondering what pattern of a jumper Gansey might be. Suggestions in the comments, please and thank you.
This week’s words were sourced from Foyle’s Philavery, collected by Christopher Foyle; Landmarks by Robert McFarlane; The Disappearing Dictionary by David Crystal.