The Year of Words: Day 341 - A sense that only exists in writing.


A couple of interesting words today for today's offerings.

Our archaic word (in the sense shown) is archaic, but exists in another sense, meaning the pivot for oars on a boat showing senses can change over time as well as words. I can't help but think of my family and friends in Yorkshire who might well say 'put t'hores int t'hole' - You probably have to have Yorkshire connections.

The new offering is a very rare example of a sense that doesn't exist in spoken form but only in written English. Imagine a group often excluded (eg travellers) - were they invited to an event aimed specifically at ensuring their inclusion, you might see a written instruction to "ensure we invite the travelling folx". However, this would sound exactly the same as "ensure we invite the travelling folks". An interesting development.

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