Thursday, 13 December 2012

Addle

ADDLE

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.

Verb
 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. 

2 comments:

  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,
    Clo

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  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.

    Ed

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