Archive for August, 2007


Found the word ‘recrudescence’ in the opening paragraph of ‘The Elf Trap’ by Francis Stevens, again from Tales Before Tolkien.

SYLLABICATION: re·cru·desce

PRONUNCIATION: rē’krōō-dĕs

INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: re·cru·desced, re·cru·desc·ing, re·cru·desc·es

To break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence.

ETYMOLOGY: Latin recrūdēscere, to grow raw again : re-, re- + crūdēscere, to get worse (from crūdus, raw).

OTHER FORMS: recru·des’cence —NOUN
recru·des’cent —ADJECTIVE



I was just reading ‘The Coming of the Terror’ by Arthur Machen, one of the stories in Tales Before Tolkien, and I came across the word ‘purlieus’.

purlieu noun (purlieus) 1 (usually purlieus) the surroundings or immediate neighbourhood of a place. 2 (usually purlieus) someone’s usual haunts. 3 Eng history an area of land on the edge of a forest which was once considered part of the forest, and which still remained subject to some of its governing laws, even after separation.

ETYMOLOGY: 15c in sense 3: from French puralé a going through.

Source: Chambers Reference Online.