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18 January 2011 @ 02:42 am
Gloaming  
Oooh! One of my favorite words is the Word of the Day!

gloaming   \GLOH-ming\   noun
: twilight, dusk

Examples:
Crickets were chirping in the gloaming as the newlyweds walked home holding hands.

"Nighttime, not the late hours but the gloaming, when the sun was setting and dinner must be prepared and the long evening stretched out before her -- that's when the loneliness settled in like the ache in her hip on a rainy day, when the regrets, the bad memories, sometimes came to call." -- From Lisa Unger's 2010 novel Fragile

Did you know?
If "gloaming" makes you think of tartans and bagpipes, well lads and lasses, you've got a good ear and a good eye; we picked up "gloaming" from the Scottish dialects of English back in the Middle Ages. The roots of the word trace to the Old English word for twilight, "glom," which is akin to "glowan," an Old English verb meaning "to glow." In the early 1800s, English speakers looked to Scotland again and borrowed the now-archaic verb "gloam," meaning "to become twilight" or "to grow dark."
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Sweet Ol' Berwyn: sunsetbaron_berwyn on January 18th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
In the gloaming, oh my darling,
when the lights are soft and low
and the quiet shadows falling
softly come and softly go..

When the trees are sobbing faintly
with a gentle unknown woe,
will you think of me and love me,
as you did once long ago..?

In the gloaming, oh my darling,
think not bitterly of me.
Though I passed away in silence
left you lonely, set you free..

For my heart was tossed with longing,
what had been could never be.
It was best to leave you, thus, dear,
best for you and best for me..

In the gloaming, oh my darling,
when the lights are soft and low,
will you think of me and love me,
as you did once long ago..?
Denisilaifire on January 19th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
:D I love that word. I learned it from The Hobbit.
reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on January 20th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
New word! :D Thank you!