June 8, 2008

Words to the Wise

Three interesting glossaries that I had reason to track down over the last week:

16th and 17th century tailoring vocabulary.  I'm not a tailor, nor do I know or frequent one personally so I'm wondering if most of these are still in use.

Glossary or sheep husbandry.  "Bellwether – originally an experienced wether given a bell to lead a flock; now mainly used figuratively for a person acting as a lead and guide."

Names of winds.  "Cordonazo -  The "Lash of St. Francis." Name applied locally to southerly hurricane winds along the west coast of Mexico. It is associated with tropical cyclones in the southeastern North Pacific Ocean. These storms may occur from May to November, but ordinarily affect the coastal areas most severely near or after the Feast of St. Francis, October 4."  

Related:  One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read is Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind by Lyall Watson.  Part science, part mythology, all extremely interesting - pick up a copy if you find it in a used book store.

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