Thursday, 13 December 2012



Noun, adjective & verb. 
[Old English adela = Middle Low German adele, Middle Dutch adel (Dutch aal), German Adel mire, puddle, Old Swedish -adel in koadel cow's urine. Addle egg translating medieval Latin ovum urinae egg of urine, alt. of ovum urinum repr. Greek ourion oon wind-egg] 

A Noun
Stinking urine or liquid filth; mire.
Obsolete exc. dial. (after Old English in literary use only in the north). OE.

Attrib. or as adjective
 1) Of an egg: rotten or putrid; producing no chicken. ME.
2) fig. Empty, idle, muddled, unsound. L15.

 1) Verb trans. Make addle; confuse; make abortive. L16.
2) Verb intrans. Grow addle (lit. & fig.). E19. 

This word and everything about it is weird. That's it. I've nothing more to say on the matter. 


  1. Dear Eddie,

    my mind is far too addled to continue reading this abysmal blog any longer! My criticism might seem a little abstemious, but I assure you, the acharnement I felt only started absquatulating when the acerebral reflex to continue reading this blog stopped absterging my brain of all it's contents... I'm going to have to become a abecedarian now, although I feel more like a abbey-lubber...

    Yours sincerely,

  2. Dear Clo,

    As I continue to burrow like an aardvark ad nauseam through my abnormous copy of the OED, I just want you to know that I truly appreciate your adroit observations, however abstruse.