24 June 2010

Use of Forgotten Words: Heimish, Auriferous & Curglaff

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Forgotten English WordsThanks to Quilly

These weeks forgotten words are:
  • curglaff, n. the shock one feels when plunging
    into cold water
  • auriferous, adj. gold-bearing; a stone bearing gold
  • heimish, adj. Warm and comfortable; homey; folksy

Please join us in our weekly romp as we try to rescue lost and forgotten words from the dusty halls of antiquity. [...] You’ll be entertained (and possibly educated) all at once.

Here's my story:

The magic of the waters seldom failed to cast its spell, especially on sunny days. At times like these, a walk to the waterfall always came into thoughts. Who could resist the sense of freshness and nourishment it bestowed on you? Catching a glimpse of reflection carried away on soft ripples would be beautiful as well.

Alas, the young fellow didn't reckon on the swift change in weather. By the time he jumped into the water, the curglaff of the waterfall felt like freezing his body to death. He was choking for breathe and barely made it to the edge. How lucky to survive a careless act.

No one could force him to be insane enough nearing the down-pouring stream again. Not, unless there was assurance of plenty auriferous stones hidden behind the massive curtains of water. Then... and only then, he would consider to confront the ice-cold chill. Wealth has always been known for the ability to seduce the human mind. But right now, he only longed for the heimish customs of home.

Music is expression of harmony in sound.
Love is the expression of harmony in life

~Stephen F. Gaskin

Keep a song in your heart.

7 appreciated note(s):

Anonymous said...

I love the ending and how you worded the story there. It was excellent my friend. The whole story was and great use of the words. Home is where the heart is. :) xoxoxo

quilly said...

It would take a heck of a lot of gold to get me to jump in icy water!

Excellent story, Rosidah. Thank you for joining us. I am sorry I am late visiting. I haven't been well.

tattytiara said...

Curglaff - there's a word I would have a lot of use for. Nothing like a northern Canadian lake to stop your blood flow in it's tracks!

Unknown said...

Tempting gold - where fools rush in??

myletterstoemily said...

auriferous, now there's a vocabulary

great story!!

Melissa B. said...

Love the way you've structured this. Bravo!

Nessa said...

Great use of the words. And I sure did feel chilly.