word-hord, n.n: a word-hoard, a store of words. (WORD-HORD / ˈwɔɹd-ˌhɔɹd)

Today is a word-of-the-day redux from 2,731 days (and words) ago. I try not to repeat words, but I’m making an exception today because of a special announcement.

My book The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English will be published exactly six months from today!

Find out more and pre-order at oldenglishwordhord.com/book.

The Wordhord will be published in the UK by Profile Books on 4 November 2021.

Ever been to neorxnawang (paradise)? Or heard of a gafol-fisc (tax-fish)? Or spoken a word (word)? Discover the magic of Old English... coming November 2021.


ebur-þring, m.n: the celestial sign Orion. (EH-bur-THRING / ˈɛ-bʌr-ˌθrɪŋ)

Medieval manuscript image of a man with a sword dotted with red circles to represent the shape of the constellation Orion; the man stands inside blocks of text that are shaped like a house.
De duodecim signis (astronomical treatise); England (Peterborough), 1120-1135; British Library, Cotton MS Tiberius C I, f. 27v. [bl.uk]


hold, adj: kind, friendly, pleasant, favourable, gracious (of a prince to his subject), faithful, loyal, devoted (of a subject to his prince). (HOLD / ˈhɔld)