New Word Wednesday: dreich

 

Happy Wednesday! Here’s your new word for the week, courtesy of the oncoming fall weather:

 

dreich adjective

  • (especially of weather) dreary, bleak

“a cold, dreich November”

Origin: Middle English (in the sense “patient, long-suffering”); of Germanic origin, corresponding to Old Norse drjúgr “enduring, lasting”

 

The origin of the word makes it much more interesting than the definition, I think! It really evokes the nature of this sort of weather, especially in the Midwest (or Germany, from the sound of it), and the stubbornness and patience involved in surviving it. Something to keep in mind as winter approaches!

 

Cheers,

-H

 

Source:
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/dreich

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