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Re: New Words Learned from Librivox

Posted: February 24th, 2021, 7:23 pm
by SonOfTheExiles
Just found a transitive verb I'd never heard before ... "thole" ... though I gather some from Up North might be familiar with it. I had a vague notion of its noun form ... an oar-pivot pin ... but not as a verb.

It's in a book by an Australian poetess that I'm reviewing for a future Australian Poetry Project ... I always read them cover-to-cover first before launch ... and I must admit, it stumped me.

Here is the definition: Verb ( transitive) 1. to put up with; bear. 2. an archaic word for suffer.

"Do you think that you could thole it, Australian born and free,
Where the call of many rivers finds an echo in the sea?
Do you think that you could bear to feel the chain that girds you round?
'Midst the chitter of the bell-birds in your happy hunting ground..."



Cheers,
Chris

Re: New Words Learned from Librivox

Posted: February 24th, 2021, 9:49 pm
by realisticspeakers
SonOfTheExiles wrote:
February 24th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Just found a transitive verb I'd never heard before ... "thole" ... though I gather some from Up North might be familiar with it. I had a vague notion of its noun form ... an oar-pivot pin ... but not as a verb.

It's in a book by an Australian poetess that I'm reviewing for a future Australian Poetry Project ... I always read them cover-to-cover first before launch ... and I must admit, it stumped me.

Here is the definition: Verb ( transitive) 1. to put up with; bear. 2. an archaic word for suffer.


Cheers,
Chris
The first noble truth: There is thole.

Re: New Words Learned from Librivox

Posted: February 25th, 2021, 4:31 am
by anneflebari
As an emigrant from "up North" I immediately thought of that well-known phrase ," put wood in 'thole"..ie Shut the door"! 😃 Anne

Re: New Words Learned from Librivox

Posted: March 1st, 2021, 1:32 am
by realisticspeakers
I'm 59 years old. I've been with Librivox 10 years.
I majored in Linguistics for crying out loud, and this morning I just learned of the word prolixity.
Imagine my chagrin. :chagrin emoji:

https://www.etymonline.com/word/prolix
etymologically "poured out," from pro "forth" (see pro-) + base of liquere "to flow" (see liquid (adj.)).

Of persons, "long-winded, prone to indulge in lengthy discourse," 1520s.