Gold and Citron Spangled Hamburg Bantams. Photo by Ryan Zierke
GUEST POSTING BY SALLY PRUE
Verb trans. L16.
[from BE- + SPANGLE noun]
Decorate or adorn (as) with spangles.
Bespangle is rather an awkward word. It's heavy and ungainly, and it tastes of newly bent steel and piping.
Ah. So that's just me, then.
Ah well ...
Bespangle is a word of magic and mystery, all the same. The night sky is bespangled, heaven only knows how or why, and all we poor sublunary creatures can do is gaze and shiver in awe at the colossal miracle above us.
Well, gaze, shiver in awe and send up the Hubble telescope, anyway.
But whether it's a trapeze artist's costume that's bespangled:
Or a fifteenth century bishop's cope:
The purpose is the same: to bewitch, bedazzle and bewilder the senses, and sprinkle over the wearer an illusion of the divine.
I'm very proud to introduce the award-winning children's writer Sally Prue as today's guest poster. Sally's book Cold Tom won the Branford Boase Prize and the Smarties Silver Award, and The Truth Sayer was short-listed for the Guardian Children's Book Prize. She also writes The Word Den, a blog with the most wonderful tagline 'ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.' I couldn't agree more, so a magniloquent welcome and grandiloquent thank you to Sally for writing in Lexicolatry - this is all rather exciting! Ed