This nook has been set aside for some of the coinages (marked with a star) as well as other colourful or 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)

*asking = ‘question’

e.g., “such an answer, or rather such an answer of askings” (Outlaws ch. 4)

*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, contraceptive device’

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).

*brashery = ‘impulsiveness’

e.g., “what brashery, to have thrown away everything on soft nothings!” (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 dree = ‘to suffer’

e.g., “how could a heart be so hard as to make a man thus dree?” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*eatworthies = ‘edibles’

e.g., “the great plundering of Leicestershire ordered by the king in early June, wherein sheepen and neaten droves and other eatworthies were taken off, all to feed Cavaliers back in Oxford (Oultaws ch. 11)

to *enlife = ‘to realize, make real’

e.g., “it seemed as if fistfuls of guilders had been tossed to the winds, in madcap outlay to enlife Fairyland” (Outlaws ch. 6)

to *enwomb = ‘to conceive (a child)’

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

to *eye-to-eye = ‘to agree’

e.g., “as its crew—Lodewyck Bontemantel and Jan de Boer—could not eye-to-eye about how near the Colossus they should steer their yacht” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*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)

*flawfulness = ‘imperfection’

e.g., “such as it had been in its flawfulness” (Outlaws ch. 11)

*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)

folkway = ‘custom’

e.g., “other lands, other folkways” (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)

get = ‘acquisition, gain’

e.g. “as the piebald crew fell to chattering about their gets illgotten” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*greathouse = ‘mansion, palace’

e.g., “was to have drawings done up of all the Drighten forebears that coated the walls of the Drighten greathouse” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*growthling = ‘plant’

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

havings = ‘possessions’

e.g., “some luckless wretch was bereft of all his few havings in this world” (Outlaws ch. 3)

*heartgushy = ’emotional’

e.g., “the greenhorn heartgushy girl had given no thought to the needfulness of some kind of birthblock” (Outlaws ch. 7)

to *heartsoothe = ‘to console’

e.g., “he nonetheless heartsoothed himself with the afterthought that all was not yet lost” (Outlaws ch. 7)

*heavygun = ‘artillery piece’

e.g., “hothead Prince Rupert, the king’s darling, could not wait, could not wait for his heavyguns to reach the field” (Outlaws ch. 11)

*hellscape = ‘scene of a disaster’

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

to *helpmate = ‘to assist’

e.g., “who had been helpmated herein by a handful of other French song- and dance-wrights of less lofty name and standing” (Outlaws ch.6)

*hueshot = ‘colourful’

e.g., “seated beneath his hueshot maps of the world’s great begirding seas” (Outlaws ch. 7)

*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 ch. 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)

*knowledgeful = ‘informed’

e.g., “would be most freehanded to any him so knowledgeful that he might better enlighten” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*lacktrust = ‘suspicious’

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

landspan = ‘distance’

e.g., “a fair landspan from the housegrounds” (Outlaws ch. 3)

lattertime = ‘recent’

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

*learnling = ‘student, pupil’

e.g., “here a learnling of the great master Rubens himself” (Outlaws ch. 6)

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)

*minduntidying = ‘confusing’

e.g., “such minduntidying inlines were beyond the sight of Oswin and Godwin” (Outlaws ch. 8)

to misfare = ‘to fail’

e.g., “the more  badly wounded were also to be unshipped and stretchered to backstreet bonesetters, under whose care they would die when quackish leechdoms misfared” (Outlaws ch. 8)

mishappening = ‘unfortunate event’

e.g., “without a word of these lattertime mishappenings” (Outlaws ch. 3)

*mistalk = ‘calumny’

e.g., “I catch wind, on the wharf, of great mistalk touching yourself, Skipper” (Outlaws ch. 7)

*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)

*otherlandish = ‘foreign’

e.g., “there followed a bout of uneasy speechfulness in some outlandish otherlandish tongue (Outlaws ch. 4)

*othermindedness = ‘diverging view’

e.g., “who would have none of his othermindedness” (Outlaws ch. 11)

otherwards = ‘in a different direction’

e.g., “each straightway set out otherwards” (Outlaws ch. 4)

*outbounder = ’emigrant’

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

*outtrade = ‘export’

e.g., “intrade, outtrade, fartrade—call it what you like—it’s all freetrade” (Outlaws ch. 8)

*outtaking = ‘except’

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

*overhelpfulness = ‘officiousness’

e.g., “such overhelpfulness struck him as rather forward” (Outlaws ch. 5)

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)

snagless = ‘unproblematical’

e.g., “how snagless his life became in the following weeks” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*spaewords = ‘prophecy, prediction’

e.g., “Cruikshank too was keen to underscore that his earlier spaewords—that everything was sure to turn out tiptoppishly for his ward, as long as he went along with the Drighten plan—now seemed well on their way to becoming truth” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*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)

to strongarm = ‘to force’

e.g., “that had strongarmed her into this dozy deedlessness” (Outlaws ch. 4)

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)

unforgetfulness = ‘remembrance’

e.g., “all those wistful strains of sean-nós newmade yearly in steadfast unforgetfulness of a lost husband (Outlaws ch. 4)

*unforgetworthy = ‘memorable’

e.g., “unforgetworthy tales of high doings from bygone days” (Outlaws ch. 4)

*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)

to *unwaver oneself = ‘to decide, resolve’

e.g., “he unwavered himself into leastwise going abroad and giving it a shot” (Outlaws ch. 3)

unwealth = ‘poverty’

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

*waterlead = ‘aqueduct’

e.g., “the king’s fieldpieces had been set up on Raw Dykes, the banks of an old broken-down waterlead” (Outlaws ch. 11)

*warflightling – ‘deserter’

e.g., “the roads were now the homes of homeless warflightlings, highwaymen, and plundering hungry warmen” (Outlaws ch. 11)

*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)

to *wideberth = ‘to avoid’

e.g., “who found themselves often shying away from the road and riding over rougher ground in order to wideberth wayfarers and warfarers who might not boggle at unhorsing them, if not worse” (Outlaws ch. 11)

*wieldership = ‘control’

e.g., “and so crowded the stonepile daredevilishly but then lost wieldership and smashed into it” (Outlaws ch. 6)

*winnership = ‘victory’

e.g., “the Lord giveth forth winnership, and the Lord taketh away winnership” (Outlaws ch. 11)

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)

to *wordspar = ‘argue’

e.g., “this wordsparring soured the mood a good deal more” (Outlaws ch. 4)

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)