rūn, f.n: mystery, secret; speech not meant to be overheard, a whisper. (ROON / ˈruːn)
heoloþ-helm, m.n: helmet which makes the wearer invisible, helmet of deception. (HEH-oh-loth-HELM / ˈhɛɔ-lɔθ-ˌhɛlm)
ge-sceap, n.n: creation, created being or thing, creature; fate, destiny; form, shape. (yeh-SHEH-op / jɛ-ˈʃɛap)
drēor, m.n: blood. (DRAY-or / ˈdreːɔr)
heorþ-fæst, adj: having a house of one’s own. (HEH-orth-FAST / ˈhɛɔrθ-ˌfæst)
blēo-cræft, m.n: the art of embroidering (‘colour-craft’). (BLAY-oh-KRAFT / ˈbleːɔ-ˌkræft)
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lēaf-helmig, adj: having a leafy top, having leafy tresses. (LAY-ahv-HELL-mih / ˈleːav-ˌhɛl-mɪj)
ān-haga, m.n: solitary being, one who dwells alone. (AHN-HA-ga / ˈaːn-ˌha-ga)
fācen-tācen, n.n: sign of evil or guilt. (FAH-kun-TAH-kun / ˈfaː-kən-ˌtaː-kən)
word-hord, n.n: a word-hoard, a store of words. (WORD-HORD / ˈwɔrd-ˌhɔrd)
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 will be published exactly six months from today!
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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English will be published in the UK by Profile Books on 11 November 2021, and in North America by Princeton University Press on 12 April 2022!