Thursday, 14 March 2013

Balneal

Jean Crain, Bath, Bubbles, Balneal

BALNEAL

Adjective. M17.
[from Latin balneum bath + -AL]

Of or pertaining to a (warm) bath or bathing.

I love baths. I'm English, so it's in my blood (metaphorically speaking). There was even a time when my parents had to curb my three-a-day habit, quite possibly the first parents in history that were demanding their teenage son wash less. While it's true that during all of my balneal luxuriating I never managed to look quite as glamorous as Jean Crain, baths still hold an indulgence and extravagance that modern life rarely affords us. Therefore, I say, do not hold back your balneal desires - unleash your rubber duck, unstop your bottle of bubbles and lose yourself in the gentle lapping of the balneal waters.

6 comments:

  1. Lovely word! I couldn't even imagine such a word existed. But I'm a known microbiophobic which means I would probably have to scrub the tub 20 times before I could get in, so I stick to showers.

    Also, I'm not sure if you read my reply, but yes it's totally fine about your new name and in case you need something, you can always email me here: evitati2@gmail.com.

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    1. It is a lovely word, isn't it? I have more bath-related words for tomorrow's post too : o )

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  2. I love baths and showers. We had a jacuzzi bathtub (not a book hot-tub just an oversize bath with jets. Man did I love that thing. When we first moved here my husband and I discussed how we could fit one in here but it really wouldn't work well.

    Weird thing about me is I like to take baths and showers in the dark, with just a nightlight or candle.

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    1. Showing in the dark? I can see how that would be nice. Have you seen these?: LED shower heads. I saw one in action but it wasn't working particularly well. The effect was very cool indeed though : o )

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    2. No I haven't - I bet it was cool.

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  3. So there should be a town in England southeast of Bristol called Balneum, eh?

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