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20 October 2015 @ 02:12 am
Words of the Days - a Bluestocking's Delight  
September 3 - M-W WOD:
Bluestocking : noun: a woman having intellectual or literary interests.
In mid-18th century England, a group of women decided to replace evenings of card playing and idle chatter with "conversation parties," inviting illustrious men of letters to discuss literary and intellectual topics with them. One regular guest was scholar-botanist Benjamin Stillingfleet. His hostesses willingly overlooked his cheap blue worsted stockings (a type disdained by the elite) in order to have the benefit of his lively conversation. Those who considered it inappropriate for women to aspire to learning derisively called the group the "Blue Stocking Society." The women who were the original bluestockings rose above the attempted put-down and adopted the epithet as a name for members of their society.

May 2 (i.e., the day of the public celebration of the new Masters of the Order fo Defense) - M-W WOD -
Masterful: adj. 1a - inclined and usually competent to act as master, 1b - suggestive of a domineering nature. 2 - having or reflecting the skills of a master.

May 1 (i.e., the day of the investiture of the new Masters of the Order fo Defense) - M-W WOD -
Aficionado: Noun: a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity, devotee

I do sometimes think that the person who chooses the words of the day is either peeking at the SCA or at my life in particular. :D

Also - from World Wide Words - http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-vel4.htm
Vellichor - coined by John Koenig to mean : the strange wistfulness of used bookstores, which are somehow infused with the passage of time — filled with thousands of old books you’ll never have time to read, each of which is itself locked in its own era, bound and dated and papered over like an old room the author abandoned years ago, a hidden annex littered with thoughts left just as they were on the day they were captured.

I love it, probably because petrichor has always been one of my favorite words and favorite smells and I am effectively addicted to the smell of bookstores.

And more of Mr. Koenig's words - http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/
Current Mood: geekygeeky
DameJdamej on November 6th, 2015 03:47 pm (UTC)
I've been reading up on the Bluestockings Society this year. Another explanation given is that blue worsted stockings were routinely worn during the day, replaced by more formal black stockings in the evening. When Elizabeth Vesey told Benjamin Stillingfleet to come in his blue stockings, it may have been an indication of the informal (and socially egalitarian) nature of the salon. In any case, it's a term I fondly use myself.