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The sense, the sound, the meaning, the melody – you’ve got to love these words…

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Acapella – unaccompanied singing

Accordion – a portable musical instrument played from the heart

Addle-pate – muddle headed

Ahimsa – do no harm (Sanskrit)

Ajiba – marvellous, amazing (Arabic)

Agog – eagerly, expectantly

Aident – ardently helpful (℅ King Lear, Shakespeare)

Ai ki do – mutual mind way (Japanese)

Airmouse – bat (Cornish, ℅ Robert Macfarlane)

Alma – soul (old Portuguese)

Alpenglow – the warm glow in the sky from the rising or setting sun reflecting off snowfields

Alsoly – additionally

Ambered – caught, frozed,  arrested, as in amber

Ambit – scope, extent, playing field

Ambrosial – delicious, fit for the gods

Ammil – the fine film of silver ice that coats leaves, twigs and grass when freeze follows thaw (Devon ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Animato – lively (tempo; c120bpm)

Aplomb – with grace and skill

Ayo – joy (Yoruba)

Arboreal – of trees, tree-like, tree-dwelling

Arco Baleno – rainbow (Italian)

Arete – the standard of excellence implicit in any act (℅ Plato)

Azure – lapis lazuli blue

Balade – a stroll (French)

Ballad – a story set to music

Ballisten’ – sea-worn stone that fits happily in your hand (Shetland ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Ballyhoo – brouhaha

Ballyrag – play tricks on

Bamboozle – cheat, hoax, mystify

Baraka – blessing (Arabic)

Bàta breàgha – bonnie boat (Gaelic)

Bauls – mad, possesseed, wandering minstrels (Bengali)

Beatific – blessed, blissful happiness

Beetle-browed – shaggy

Bedazzle – charm, enchant, trick (loudly)

Beguile – charm, enchant, trick (quietly)

Benison – a blessing

Berceuse – lullaby, cradlesong

Berms and baffles – sea defences

Big-eye – greedy (Ibo/Twi)

Bilk – cheat, hoodwink

Bimbling along – strolling

Bishy bishy barna-bee – a ladybird (Norfolk dialect)

Blinky – when a great idea suddenly appears in your head, making your eyes widen in wonder – “Wow, I’ve just had a blinky…” (℅ my daughter)

Boon –  blessing

Bon-ton – good tone, civility, savoir-vivre

Bosky – bushy

Bouffadou – a long wooden pipe for stoking an open fire (℅ my Swiss sister-in-law)

Bouffage – a satisfying meal (French)

Boum – dance party (Swiss)

Blouzy – rompish

Blowsabella – a woman whose hair is dishelled

Bludger – a hanger-on or loafer

Blue bird day – beautiful clear blue skies (℅ snowboarding folk)

Boffo – extremely successful, uprorious, hearty

Bricolage – doing it yourself (French)

Brouhaha – ballyhoo

Brusco – off the cuff (Italian)

Buffo – comic (Italian)

Bunter teller – a colourful plate, a generous assortment of biscuits (German)

Bunting time – when the grass is high enough to hide young men and maids

Burl – a knot or lump in wool or cloth

Byt – everyday life (Russian)

Caboodle – the whole lot

Cacophonic – headachingly noisy

Cadence – the rhythmic flow of sounds, words; melodic intonation

Calligraphy – fine handwriting

Camas – bay (Gaelic)

Camino – route, track, way (Spanish)

Capricious – free, lively and impulsive; a mixture of the real and imaginery

Caravanserai – an inn for travellers

Caravel – a small highly manoeuvrable sailing ship

Carousel – merry-go-round

Catalpa – head with wings (Greek)

Carabosse – wicked fairy (French)

Cark – worry

Cavort – jump and dance excitedly

Celestial – of the heavens

Chatoyant – lustrous like a cat’s eye (French)

Chirology – the art of conversing with the hands and fingers

Circumbobulation – going round and round in confused circles

Classic – good and old (℅ my son)

Clement – mild

Clinkerbell – icycle (Wessex ℅ Rober Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Clonky – chocolate bars that have melted in the sun (℅ my son)

Commuovere – to be moved to tears by a story (Italian)

Contagerous – catchy, catching (℅ Massive Attack)

Convivial – friendly, festive, life-affirming

Cordial – heart felt, warm

Corybantic – wild, frenzied, uncontrolled

Cronky – shaky, shoddy, falling apart

Crumping – the sound of fresh snow underfoot (c/o John Clare)

Crunk – crazy and drunk (Atlanta bass hop)

Cui cui – birdsong (Japanese)

Cumsloosh – a flatterer

Cut the ham, man – hurry up (℅ Brooklyn Ben)

Daft – foolish

Daisetsu – great simplicity (Japanese)

Darshan – seeing in the round; seeing connections (Hindi)

Deft – quick and skillful; adroit

Deleterious – harmful

Dextrosity – extreme dexterity

Dinglybells – decibels (℅ my daughter)

Discombobulated – uber confused

Dispiritating – dispiriting and irritating

Doldrums – low spirits

Doolally – heartily loopy

Dream holes – openings left in the walls of buildings to admit light

Dringle – laze enjoyably

Droxy – decayed wood (Cotswolds ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Dulcify – make gentle, sweeten, soften

Dunning – pestering

Dur dur – very hard (French)

Dusha – soul (Russian)

Earsore – an ugly sound, uneasy on the ear

Eclat – a brilliant display

En Fin Tid – a happy time (Norwegian)

Epiphany – an internal explosion of insight and emotion and goodwill to the world (℅ Tony Conrad)

Erg – an area of shifting sand dunes in the Sahara

Etincellant – sparkling (French ℅ André Breton on Aragon)

Etiolate – make pale by excluding light

Euphonious – beautiful sound; happy ears

Fabbro – craftsman (℅ TS Eliot)

Fanfaronade – arrogant talk

Farlies – strange things, wonders

Fearious – full of fear and anger (℅ Coco)

Febrile – feverish

Fecund – fertile

Fervent – ardent

Fêtards – revellers (French)

Flabbergasted – greatly astonished

Flamfoo – a gaudy dresser

Fogger – an underhand dealer

Forest bathing – taking in the forest atmosphere, for your health and well-being (Japanese: shinrin-yoku; ℅ A Hawk And A Hacksaw)

Frankfully – full of honesty (℅ Leonard Cohen)

Freealistic – freeform improvising, happy riffing (℅ my daughter)

Frowzy – unkempt, slovenly, musty

Fuffle – abundance

Fuggly – functional but ugly

Fula fula – very fast (℅ Konono Nº1)

Funnin’ – joshing (℅ Bette Davis)

Frankfully – totally honest

Gallimaufry – a jumble or medley

Galumph – see Lollop

Galvanise – rouse, energise

Gambare – be brave (Japanese)

Gelid – icy

Giddy kipper – an over-tired child going a bit doolally at the end of the day

Gleich alles zusammen – at the same time all together (German, ℅ Mozart)

Glincy – smooth, slippery

Gloomed – saddened

Glossolalia – gift of tongues

Gobbledegook – unintelligible nonsense

Godwottery – affected use of archaic language

Grace-note – an extra note as an embellishment, not essential to the harmony or melody

Gradely day – a fine/excellent day (Lancashire)

Graveritas – weighty truth

Grazioso – graceful, pretty

Griffley – grumpy

Grimoires – books of magic spells

Gusto – happy energy

Haar – a cold sea-fog on the East coast of the UK

Hamartia – the fatal flaw in a character

Hangry – angry because hungry (℅ Brooklyn Ben)

Harrumph – harrumph!

Haver – talk foolishly, babble

Hear reading – playing music by ear (℅ my daughter)

Heaviosity – weighty power

Heartlifting – uplifting (℅ my daughter)

High muckamuck – a puffed up overbearing person

Higler – an itinerant haggler

Higgledy-piggledy – in confusion or disorder

Himalayas – snow dwelling (Sanskrit)

Hireth – a longing for home (Cornish). See Saudade.

Hodgepodge – hotchpotch, a jumble

Holm – an islet, especially in a river

Honey-tongued – Shakespeare (c/o John Weever, 1599)

Honky donks – heavy boots (Suffolk ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Hoo-ha – commotion, uproar

Hullabaloo – a happy din, a noisy excitement

Hurly-burly – hullabaloo

Hüzün – a kind of melancholy (Turkish)

Hygge – togetherness (Danish)

Hypnopompia – dreamy dawn-state as you drift from sleeping to waking

Iagoo – a great boaster, storyteller (℅ The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow)

Ikigai – the reason you get up in the morning (Japanese)

Illumed – made clear

Imbroglio – extremely confused, complicated, entangled

Immrama – wonder-voyages (℅ Robert Macfarlane’s the Old Ways)

Increscent – becoming gradually greater (℅ David Byrne)

Insinuendo – insinuating inuendo

Inventorise – create with gusto

Iro – colour + lover (Japanese)

Ishy – quite (℅ my daughter)

Jagga jagga – rubbish rubbish (Naija, Nigerian pidgin ℅ Fela Kuti)

Jai a lai – happy game (Basque)

Jinky – elusive, quicky-movey

Joie de faire – enthusiasm for work (French)

Jogo de cintura – a flexible practical approach to life (Portuguese)

Joyeux bordel – happy mess (French)

Jumbie – wayward spirits (Caribbean)

Kalpa – the passing of time on a cosmic scale (Sanskrit)

Kata – the blessing-scarf of ice crystals streaming off the summit of Everest

Kazoo – hours of fun humming

Kenning – a poetic image made by combining words (Old Norse), eg wound-hoe (sword), thrower of gold (generous ruler)

Kerfuffle – agreable fuss

Kersliver – an accursed slip and slither

Kilig – happy butterflies in your stomach (Tagalog)

Kilkenny cats – people who fight relentlessly to their end

Kizuna – the bonds of friendship (Japanese)

Kleos – story, fame, honour and glory (℅ Homer)

Kohl – a black powder

Komorebi – the sunlight that filters through the leaves of the trees (Japanese)

Kultur – things done and not done (℅ Moses Mendelssohn)

Kunstkammer – a collection of curiosities and wonders (Russian)

Kwump – the sound of a heavy object falling to the floor (℅ Chris Ware’s Building Stories)

Kyara – character (Japanese)

Lackadaisical – unenthusiastic, feeble

Lagom – not too much and not too little; a happy middle (Swedish)

Lambent – playing on the surface with a soft radiance

Lapidary – concerned with stones; dignified and concise; worthy of inscriptions

Lapis lazuli – ultramarine azure blue

Larrikin – mischievous character (Australian)

Lashigillavery – plenty of meat and drink

Lepidopteran – delicate, insectual; of butterflies and the like

Leporellos – accordion-folded books

Liminal – an ambiguous, open state

Limn – to depict, describe, outline with light

Limpid – clear, easily comprehended

Ling di long – lackadaisical (Welsh)

Liquid stone – concrete (℅ Paulo Mendes da Rocha)

Lollygag/lallygog – loiter, idle

Lollop – to move along in an ungainly way

Looby – an awkward, clumsy fellow

Loon-hearted – brave (℅ The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow)

Ludic – playful, sporting

Lullsome – calming

Lupsup – garbage (Chinese)

Lymph – pure water

Lyrical – expressing emotions in a songlike way

Maboule – crazy (French)

Majestical – truly majestic (c/0 Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Mandalas – hand-heart drawings

Maqam – place, situation, music, mood, emotion (Arabic)

Marifa – intuitive knowledge (Arabic)

Mazy – labrynthine, bewildering

Mela – festival, social celebration (Sanskrit)

Melliferous – yielding honey

Mellifluous – musical, flowing

Melomane – music lover (French)

Me ola – with all the trimmings (Greek)

Meraki – pouring yourself wholeheartedly into an endeavour (Greek)

Mesmerise – spellbind

Metta – loving kindness (Buddhist)

Mezzo marito – hot water bottle, half a husband (Italian)

Mindjack – to stick in someone’s mind (℅ The Mighty Dead, Why Homer Matters, Adam Nicholson)

Micromeria – small portions (Greek)

Mien – a person’s look or bearing, revealing their character

Milky possets – hot milk and ale, an old English cold remedy

Milquetoast – The Timid Soul

Mirador – vantage point (Spanish)

Mirai – future (Japanese, ℅ Toyota’s new fuel-cell car)

Moai – meeting for a common purpose (Japanese)

Momo – offspring (Maori)

Moon of Bright Nights – April (℅ The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow)

Mukamuka – so angry, you feel like throwing up (Japanese)

Mulligrubs – low spirits, ill-tempered

Multiscient – knowing many things (℅ Philip Pullman’s Daemon Voices)

Mussy – messy

Nincompoop – a simpleton, fool

Obby oss – hobby horse (Cornish folk)

Oom-pah-pah – the heartbeat of folk music

Oomph – energy, enthusiasm

Opulent – luxurious, abundant

Orchestral – combined for maximum effect

Un original – a strong character (French)

Orotond – a full, round, imposing voice

Ostinato – a persistent phrase or rhythm

Oto – music (Japanese)

Owl-light – twilight (North Lancashire ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Panjandrum – mock title for a pompous person

Pantechnicon –  a large van for transporting furniture

Paladin – a champion

Paludal – swampy, marshy

Panjandrum – see ‘High muckamuck’

Panoply – a full and splendid array

Pantaloon – a foolish old man, baggy trousers

Paraphernalia – assorted bits and bobs

Parisology – the use of equivocal or ambiguous language

Patati-patata – nonsense, noise, bluff and bluster (French)

Pelf – rubbish

Pellucid – transparent, clear

Pettifoger – a rascally practitioner

Peregrinations – travels, flights of discovery

Phatic – communication designed to create a good social atmosphere rather than convey a specific message: “Hi, how are yous?” and the like

Picaresque – dealing with the episodic adventures of rogues

Picayune – of little value, petty

Pipaluk – little one (Greenlandic)

Plimpplamppletteren – skimming stones across water (Dutch)

Plisky – a mischievous escapade

Plus flou – hazier (French ℅ Debussy)

Plumptious – deliciously plump

Poltroon – a spiritless coward

Pompierisme – pompous pedantry

Pono – essence, beginning (Hawaiian ℅ Neil Young)

Prolix – lengthy, tedious speech

Purfle – beautify

Quiddity – the essential quirk of a person or thing

Quixotic – in love with the lofty but unattainable

Ratatatat – ratatatat!

Rampallions – rapscallions

Ramshackle – tumbledown, rickety

Rapscallions – rascals, scamps, rogues

Razzamatazz – razzle dazzle pzazz

Resfeber – the restless beat of a traveller’s heart before a journey begins, a mixture of anxiety and anticipation (Swedish)

Revivivive – bring back to life, stronger (riff on revive and revivify)

Ricik ricik – the sound of light rain (Indonesian)

Rigmarole – lengthy, complicated rambling process

Ristodisco – dinner and dance joint (Italian)

Roman-fleuve – river novel, a leisurely depiction of lives

Roundelay – a short simple song with a refrain

Rubato – performed with a flexible tempo

Rumbud – ruddy grog blossom

Sahib – friend, companion (Arabic)

Salacious – lustful

Salubrious – healthy, pleasant

Samar – staying up with friends till the early hours (Arabic)

Samara – tranquil (origin of Somme) (Celtic)

Samsara – wandering, flowing (Sanskrit)

Sangha – community of the enlightened (Sanskrit)

Sanuk – the importance of enjoying life (Thai)

Sarha – to wander freely (Arabic)

Satyagraha – truth force (Sanskrit)

Saudade – a longing for home (Portuguese). See Hireth.

Scrample – to tear up paper into little pieces (℅ my daughter)

Serafi – lovely (origin of giraffe) (Arabic)

Scooch – move on from, swipe away

Semanteme – a fundamental element expressing an idea or image

Sensei – teacher (Japanese)

Sensical – making sense

Serendipity – happy accidents, accidental happiness

Serene – calm, peaceful, untroubled

Serrez – push on (French ℅ Debussy)

Shang-ri-la – heart-sun-moon, harmony

Sharooshed – surprised, disappointed

Shenanigans – enjoyable mischief

Sho and ‘im – she (the sea) and him (the land) (Shetland ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Siga-siga – slowly-slowly (Greek)

Sillabub – happy belly

Silverise – cover in silver

Simmer dim – summer twilight (Orcadian)

Simpatico – likeable, in tune with (Italian)

Simsimiyya – Nile Delta lyre

Skewiff – askew

Sky – to lie on your back and study the clouds (℅ John Constable by way of Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Slomp – to walk heavily, noisily (Essex ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Sloom – to sleep heavily and soundly

Smokefall – a mist descending at dusk (℅ TS Eliot)

Snake out – to undermine, be disloyal, snitch (℅ my son and his peers)

Snowbird – someone who moves to a warmer climate for the winter

Snow-bones – patches of snow stretching along ridges, in ruts or in furrows after a partial thaw (Yorkshire ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Sonorous – deep, resonant

Sonsy – plump, of cheerful disposition, bringing good fortune

Sousaphone – wrap-around tuba, hélicon

Squigglature – a squiggled signature (ref signing for an Amazon delivery)

Squigglish/Squingglish – squiggly handwritten English (℅ my daughter)

Storied – celebrated, famous

Stramash – the boiling effect where ocean currents meet and mix (℅ Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways)

Strollography – the art of strolling and recording what you discover

Summer colt – when the air on a hot calm day appears to shimmer close to the ground

Sun-scald – patch of bright sunlight on the surface of water (Sussex ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Sylvan – of the woods

Symphony – sounding together

Tamatumani – the next time is going to be better (Inuit)

Tarab – musical enchantment (Arabic)

Tarantella – a dance similar to the frenzy produced by the bite of a spider or of falling in love

Tatterdemalion – raggedy, tattered, scruffy ragamuffin

Tenderfoot – a newcomer, novice

Thyme – one hundred miles fragrant (Chinese)

Tiam – the twinkle in your eye when you first meet someone (Farsi)

Tianma – heavenly horses (Chinese)

Ting-yin – a touch that uses only the bloodstream to alter the timbre of a note played on the seven-silk-stringed Chinese zither, the ch’in. The slightest of intense touches.

Tintinnabulation – a ringing of bells

Tomato – edible wolf’s peach (Lycopersicon esculentum) AKA love apple – pomme d’amour

Tombola – fun fair raffle; way station for unwanted bottles of pop and wine

Tomo – companion, friend (Japanese)

Torrid – hot, passionate

Tüchtig – good, hearty (German)

Tulle – a soft fine silk

Tracasserie – petty quarrel

Trumblin’ – a tummy rumbling from terrible hunger (℅ my daughter)

Trumpery – worthless finery

Umami – deliciousness (Japanese)

Uta – song/poem (Japanese)

Vafri – web browser (Icelandic, from the verb to wander)

Vaguen – take out detail in order to distil and deepen characterisation (℅ Samuel Beckett)

Verve – vim, vigour, va va voom

Villanelle – rural, rustic

Wabi-sabi – beauty in imperfection (Japanese)

Whiffle-minded – vacillating

Wigwag – move lightly to and fro

Wiki – quick (Hawaiian)

Wow-tin – fisherman’s lunch tin (North Sea coast ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks)

Wunderkammer – a wonder chamber

Xebec – a small three-masted Mediterranean sailing ship

Yammer – complain loudly

Yew-yaw – to walk crookedly (Suffolk ℅ Robert Macfarlane’s Laondmarks)

Yoik – melodic calling to communicate with ancestors (Sami)

Zephyr – a gentle breeze

Zugunruhe – itchy feet (German)

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