It’s a balmy 6C here today, and when I left the Cafe this morning a gent said it was more like a March day than wintery December. It won’t last long.
I’ve mentioned before that I visit virtually with my mini-me cousin in Edinburgh every day, and this is the kind of day she calls ’dreich’. And a better word does not exist.
Dreich- a Scots adjective in the short version that means dull or gloomy, and in the long is described as: long-drawn out, protracted, hence tedious, wearisome, damp, wet, grey weather. Yup that is today.
The way it rolls of the tongue it embraces the very fibre of the day.
The first recorded use of the word was apparently in 1420 and originally meant ’enduring’ or ’slow’.
Dreich has been named (in some sort of a poll) the most popular Scots word by THE SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST.
I am impressed not only by knowing when a word was first recorded 600 years ago but that they even have something called The Scottish Book Trust.
So, there you go, a new word, a bit of history, and a day before you in which you can make a difference.
Chris LatN43 December 6th, 2021