hār, adj: hoary, grey, old. (HAAR / ˈhaːɹ)

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday post is about getting and understanding. Read it on Patreon.

Medieval manuscript image of two men with halos, the younger one handing a giant key to the grey-haired older one.
Initial S with Christ giving St Peter a key, Antiphonary. Germany, early 14th century. Walters Art Museum, MS W.754, f. W.754Br. [flickr.com]


salu-brūn, adj: dark-brown. [SA-loo-BROON]

This week’s Wordhord Wednesday is on the ring-taking, spiritual pilgrims, and an Old English poem known as The Seafarer. Read it on Patreon.


An image in dark-brown of the devil and cat worshippers kissing a cat’s rear end. Jean Tinctor, Traittié du crisme de vauderie (Sermo contra sectam vaudensium). Bruges, c. 1470-1480. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Français 961, fol. 1r. [discardingimages.tumblr.com]