1. Archaic. twisted.
The huge park held an enchanted forest of trees; the long avenue of giant limes, their writhen limbs arching and interlocking, their writhen roots deep in velvet moss, was an approach suited to a fairy story.
— Frances Hodgson Burnett , The Methods of Lady Walderhurst , 1901
They were like the roots of a huge tree uncovered, the earth broken momentarily upon the writhen , thick, fetid tangle of its lightless and outraged life.
— William Faulkner , “Red Leaves,” These 13 , 1931
Writhen has been in English since before 900. It is related to the Old English verb wrīthan meaning “to twist, wind” which in turn is a cognate with the Old Norse rītha meaning “to knit, twist.”
Here’s word 1 of 6 of words that can ruin a sentence and why! Hope you enjoy! 🙂
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Crutch words are words that we slip into sentences in order to give ourselves more time to think, or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning of a statement. Actually is the perfect example of a crutch word. It is meant to signify something that exists in reality, but it is more often used as a way to add punch to a statement (as in, “I actually have no idea”).
And here it is in plain type…
[ HAM-lit ]
Definition: a small village.
a small village.
British. a village without a church of its own, belonging to the parish of another village or town.
The world was indeed excluded; the sides of the valley shut in the small hamlet and fenced it from the keen and biting winds of the north and east.
– John Carne, Tales of the West , 1828
Soon appeared glimmering indications of the few cottages forming the small hamlet of Upper Mellstock for which they were bound, whilst the faint sound of church-bells ringing a Christmas peal could be heard floating over upon the breeze…
– Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree , 1872
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