Thursday, 6th October 2016

by Joshua Gaskell

A Short Dictionary for the Metrically Challenged Poet (words labelled ‘stress variable’ in the OED):

  • devolatilised: ‘[made] less volatile’
  • masthead: ‘The title, motto, or similar device, of a newspaper or journal’
  • overlier: ‘a beggar who exacts lodging at farmhouses’
  • stay-put: ‘A refraining from movement or travel’
  • ultralight: ‘Extremely lightweight’
  • umpteenth: ‘used of something repeated unbearably or irritatingly often’
  • understatement: ‘The quality of being understated’
  • wired-in: ‘Designating behaviour and activity that is innate’
  • X-linked: ‘being or determined by a gene that is carried on the X chromosome’
  • Y-linked: ‘being or determined by a gene that is carried on the Y chromosome’
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