Wordhoard

This nook has been set aside for some of the coinages (marked with a star) and other resuscitated words (unmarked with a star) that I use in my literary writing in place of non-Germanic words. These are posted periodically.

to *aftersound = ‘to echo’

e.g., “which in shattering dinned and aftersounded throughout the house” (Outlaws ch. 7)

to *afterword = ‘to repeat (something spoken)’

e.g., “she became cross, babbled on at length, only to back to “haitada ik Ansiko!” which I afterworded yet again (The Dwarf’s Head ch. 1)

*backblaming = ‘recrimination’

e.g., “and the rounds of blamestorming and backblaming made needful the calling-in of masterhands, to wit, witchfinders” (Outlaws ch. 10)

backstool = ‘chair without arms’

e.g., “seated as he was on a hardbottomed backstool” (Outlaws ch. 1)

*befolked = ‘populated’

e.g., “He had in the end somehow tumbled into the shades of an underlife befolked by the riffraffiest of cutthroats” (Outlaws, ch. 8).

*betumbledness = ‘confusion, chaos’

e.g., “in the betumbledness spawned by this war, in the missing of a hand to stay vandals, these Puritan warmen, like others elsewhere, fell upon the helpless church to the end of stripping it of anything that smacked of greegree or fetish or popish gold (Outlaws ch. 15)

*birthblock = ‘contraception’

e.g. “She had given no thought to the needfulness of some kind of birthblock, but then why should she have, given that he would be bound to her soon enough?” (Outlaws ch. 7).

*catchhard = ‘elusive(ly)’

e.g., “more thoughts backed to him, ghostly bits of bygone, wavering and gliding catchhard before his eyes” (Outlaws ch. 13)

*deedfulness = ‘activity’

e.g., “Thus began Oswin’s unbroken deedfulness about toft and croft” (Outlaws, ch. 4).

*downpull = ‘gravity’

e.g., “as he mindplayed yielding to the earth’s downpull and falling from this height” (Outlaws ch. 8)

to *enwomb = ‘to conceive (a child)’

e.g., “the telltale little hatchling of a rascal, scarcely enwombed and now cheekily unwombed” (Outlaws ch. 7)

*fireflicker = ‘flame’

e.g., “as fireflickers enfathom all” (Outlaws ch. 12)

*firefodder = ‘fuel’

e.g., “of great weight to the livelihood of England’s smallholders, for food, firefodder, and suchlike” (Outlaws ch. 14)

*flockard = ‘conformist’

e.g., “how fear of the thumbscrew makes flockards of us all, or nearly so” (Outlaws ch. 7)

to *freewill = ‘to volunteer’

e.g., “he had, after all, freewilled himself into the king’s warband” (Outlaws ch. 12)

*folkdom = ‘nationality’

e.g., “any narrow underseeking would have been hardset to untangle the twisting roots of folkdoms that made up this rederij (Outlaws ch. 6)

*forefear = ‘(instance of) apprehensiveness’

e.g.,  “amidst a welter of dreads and forefears” (Outlaws ch. 2)

forelay = ‘plan’

e.g., “what had begun as thoughtless whim now became careful forelay” (Outlaws ch. 7)

to foreshow = ‘to display, demonstrate’

e.g., “with the same nimbleness that the mother had foreshown” (Outlaws ch. 4)

to forethink = ‘to anticipate’

e.g., “He strove to forethink of every hurdle that he might come upon in his mindplayed flight into the unknown.” (Outlaws, ch. 1)

*forwardtime = ‘future’

e.g., “what he would make of his life in the forwardtime was at best a blur to him” (Outlaws ch. 4)

*growthling = ‘plant’

e.g., “the growthling was indeed princely when in full bloom, its crownleaves handsomely sporting reddish streaks on white” (Outlaws ch. 5)

*hellscape = ‘scene of a disaster’

e.g., “At every stride, head upon head sketched forth one hellscape after another” (Outlaws, ch. 1)

*huffless = ‘equanimous’

e.g., “De Keyser after all had only flawed clay to work with, and with it he would work, as best he could, hufflessly (Outlaws c. 14)

*illgoodwill = ‘goodwill to one in order to spite another’

e.g., “but it would take more than illgoodwill to unglitch things” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*indwellership = ‘inhabitants’

e.g., “the left-in-the-dust indwellership of Manningtree stewed over the to-be-done” (Outlaws ch. 10)

*kenkeenness = ‘curiosity’

e.g., “that cat of byword killed in the end by his own kenkeenness” (Outlaws ch. 6)

kenspeckle = ‘conspicuous’

e.g., “their wet duds and goggling eyes made them all too kenspeckle in this lair of twisty cunning and trustless greed” (Outlaws ch. 9)

*lacktrust = ‘suspicious’

e.g., “if you mutter on so heatedly like this, she’ll turn lacktrust for sure!” (Outlaws ch. 9)

lattertime = ‘recent’

e.g., “so weak he was from all his lattertime hardship” (Outlaws ch. 4)

listenership = ‘audience’

e.g., “who in upping his right hand asked his listenership for hush” (Outlaws ch. 10)

*livedness = ‘experience’

e.g., “her heart fell in beholding this lot, for in all her livedness, she had never before seen a more thuggishlooking pack” (Outlaws ch. 12)

to *mindplay = ‘to imagine’

e.g., “He strove to forethink of every hurdle that he might come upon in his mindplayed flight into the unknown.” (Outlaws, ch. 1)

*onemanship = ‘agreement’

e.g., “Once the two men had reached onemanship about the nittygritty of the dowry” (Outlaws ch. 5)

onfall = ‘attack’

e.g., “ward off any unforeseen onfalls in the roughtumble world of seamandom” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*outbounder = ’emigrant’

e.g., “these outbounders were entrusted into the hands of any willing shipmaster” (Outlaws, ch. 2)

*outtaking = ‘except’

e.g., “nothing hereabouts, it seemed, had othered itself in the betweentime, outtaking the freshly dug grave yonder” (Outlaws ch. 15)

ruthful = “merciful, compassionate’

e.g., “had not the woman’s painful last been ruthfully shortened thanks to Oswin’s shot?” (Outlaws ch. 11)

to say one’s sorries = ‘to apologize’

e.g., “when the skipper would eyemark their thereness and ask for a wherefore, Vos would step forward and say his sorries” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*scathehappy = ‘motivated by Schadenfreude’

e.g., “the more scathehappy in the mob broke out into wild cackling” (Outlaws ch. 7)

seaspider = octopus

e.g., “like the overmany grippers of a seaspider” (Outlaws ch. 7)

*seldomhood = ‘something rare or uncommon’

e.g., “which boded well to be something of a seldomhood” (Outlaws ch. 9)

*shieldback = ‘turtle’

e.g., “Oswin found himself to be a great lumbering shieldback, which crawled out of the sea” (Outlaws ch. 10)

shuddersome = ‘terrifying, terrible’

e.g., “there was never any telling when the sea might turn against a man, what with her freebooters and storms and whales and krakens and other shuddersome freaks of the deep” (Outlaws ch. 3)

*speedthrust = ‘momentum’

e.g., “the speedthrust bore him beyond, tossing him up through the gaping hole” (Outlaws ch. 13)

*straightdealing = ‘honest’

e.g., “no more than a straightdealing fieldman going about his work” (Outlaws ch. 10)

sunderly = ‘separate, private’

e.g., “which clearly led wenches and wenchers to sundry sunderly rooms above” (Outlaws ch. 9)

to *teamwork = ‘to co-operate’

e.g., “he could look to these underdealers to teamwork readily” (Outlaws ch. 10)

*uncare = ‘neglect’

e.g., “worsted by time and war and uncare” (Outlaws ch. 14)

*underbelief = ‘assumption’

e.g., “lurking underbeliefs had cozened him” (Outlaws ch.7)

to underseek = ‘to investigate’

e.g., “any narrow underseeking would have been hardset to untangle the twisting roots of folkdoms that made up this rederij (Outlaws ch. 6)

unforeseenly = ‘unexpectedly’

e.g., “things were to go awry unforeseenly” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*unknowner = ‘stranger’

e.g., “would they run off and tell kindred of an unknowner in their midst?” (Outlaws ch. 14)

*unlawry = ‘crime’

e.g., “the unhidden tip to the bustle and busyness of harlotry making unlawry pay, for Dove’s Nest was a true highschool for the lowest kind of whorecraft, wherein its learned knew more than one way to get marrow out of a bone” (Outlaws ch. 9)

unwealth = ‘poverty’

e.g., “however grinding the unwealth and lowly the standing” (Outlaws ch. 4)

*warfodder = ‘munitions’

e.g., “to the end of keeping would-be warfodder, above all, out of the king’s hands (Outlaws ch. 8)

*wendway = ‘course’

e.g., “had not shifted their wendway” (Outlaws ch. 14)

wite = ‘punishment’

e.g., “these women looked as if they had died yesterday only to be dug up today and brought back to underbear some wite seemingly overlooked when they were alive” (Outlaws ch. 10)

*wizardwoven = ‘magical’

e.g., “their stumbled-upon grove—far, or leastwise far enough, from the madding crowd— seemed truly wizardwoven” (Outlaws ch. 10)

worthful = ‘valuable’

e.g., “once fleeced of whatever worthful havings they had upon themselves” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*yearhundred = ‘century’

e.g., “that now seemed yearhundreds ago” (Outlaws ch. 15)