an irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas
But rather than grumpily eying them in staff meetings and turning yourself into the office
curmudgeon, consider cutting them some slack.
—US News Aug 4, 2014
Although the etymology of this word is disputed, one theory derives it from the Gaelic
muigean, which means "disagreeable person".
wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation
A rain chain directs water into the frog pond, which overflows down streams, over waterfalls, into ponds and on to the cranberry
—Seattle Times Jul 23, 2014
From the Gaelic adjective
bog, meaning "soft, moist".
a narrow secluded valley (in the mountains)
Slowly,...their lips met like butterflies in a flowery
glen, they entwined spiritually and bodily in a long, smooth embrace.
—The Milagro Beanfield War
gleann, "mountain valley"
a mental representation of some haunting experience
What’s that pale, veiled
wraith I see, gliding through the shadows of a twilit glade as if barely touching the ground?
—Seattle Times Jun 2, 2014
A Scottish word of uncertain origin. One theory derives it from Gaelic
arrach, "specter, apparition".
a liquor made from fermented mash of grain
whiskey ages a minimum of two years, though the average maturity is four years or older.
—US News Aug 17, 2014
uisge beatha which literally means " water of life".
a brief indulgence of your impulses
During his golf
spree, Bengali also estimates he lifted 27 tons of golf clubs, calculating an average of 2 pounds per club per swing.
—Los Angeles Times Aug 13, 2014
Ultimately from Gaelic
sprédh "cattle, wealth" from what would be plundered on a spree.
a hair style for women and children
She is a
bob stalwart – a wavy number, sometimes plus comedy barrettes, has seen her through three series of Girls – but this is a departure.
–The Guardian Aug 18, 2014
(usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
At school, flouting hostile opinion, she wore
trousers, played football and got involved in fights.
—The Guardian Aug 5, 2014
triubhas , "close-fitting shorts".
anything with a round or oval shape
It is tied with double
loops of twine in virtually the same way that fishermen tie together their reed boats today.
—New York Times Aug 7, 2014
seize upon or latch onto something
Has anyone ever
glommed on to her or taken advantage of her because of her famous family?
—Time Jul 25, 2012
glam "handle awkwardly, grab voraciously, devour".
any of various early blooming oleaceous shrubs of the genus Forsythia; native to eastern Asia and southern Europe but widely cultivated for their branches of bright yellow bell-shaped flowers
The capital city sprawled below the trail, which was lined with azaleas,
forsythia and magnolia in bloom.
—New York Times May 2, 2012
The flower is named for William Forsyth, who brought the flower back from China. His last name, from
fearsithe, means "man of peace".
willing to face danger
They described their mother as a boisterous,
spunky woman with an uncommon knack for engaging with other people and making them feel comfortable.
—New York Times Aug 17, 2014
spong, "tinder, pith, sponge".
coagulated milk; used to make cheese
Case in point: a buffalo milk
curd, spread creamily onto crisp toasts that are topped with Iberico ham and served with a rich onion broth.
—Time May 10, 2014
crud in 15th Century English, from Gaelic
gruth meaning " to press or coagulate"
group of people related by blood or marriage
The target of the government’s disarmament campaign is the feared and powerful
—Time Aug 15, 2014
clann "family, stock, offspring".
a corner by a fireplace
Inside, a brick fireplace and
inglenook speak to the era and define the home’s core.
—New York Times Jan 20, 2011
ingle part of
inglenook is from a Gaelic word for fire,