Fain | Words We Caught This Week

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Fain: happy, pleased (archaic usage). https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fain Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share fain with you as it’s so joyous, just like we are here at Wordcatcher! Here’s an example of it in use: Mum and dad were so fain to see their family blossom as the years went by. What […]

4 Differences Between Workhouses and Poorhouses | Ray Noyes

The poorhouse came before the workhouse, and was more prominent in rural areas. It was designed to look after those who had insufficient funds to look after themselves. The workhouse, on the other hand, was an industrialised derivative of the poorhouse. This makes sense, since these rose to prominence during the Industrial Revolution. Unsurprisingly, industrialisation […]

Panurgic | Words We Caught This Week

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Panurgic: able or ready to do anything. Also (occasionally): (derogatory) meddling. https://www.lexico.com/definition/panurgic Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share panurgic with you since we like words with two or more opposing meanings. Here’s an example of it in use: I frowned when he called me ‘punurgic’. It’s hard to know if […]

‘Engaging and educational’ | The Astounding Adventure of Mr Bowns, by Ade Bowen

This is great story for reading out loud with kids. Firstly, because it’s a fun story filled with the kind of things children respond to: witches, magic, adventure and adults behaving badly. Secondly, because it’s written in a friendly and accessible style. And thirdly, because it gives you plenty of opportunity to ask your kids […]

Answer: Amusing Anagram #1 | Cwtch Adorer | Friday Fun

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As promised, here is the answer to the first anagram posted as part of Friday Fun. If you’ve not seen the original post detailing the anagram challenge itself, click here to go back. Otherwise, scroll down to see the answer. Cwtch adorer is an anagram of… yes, that’s right, Wordcatcher! Did you get this one […]

Amusing Anagram #1 | Cwtch Adorer | Friday Fun

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some fun! Every Friday we have something to help you get rested and relaxed for the weekend, from word searches to crosswords. Today, we’ve got an interesting anagram for you: cwtch adorer. As many of you will know, cwtch is a hug in Welsh, while adorer is someone who […]

‘Life transforming’ | The Rut Buster, by Jermaine Harris

I could not recommend this book more to anyone who is seeking to transform their life. I like to consider myself sceptical to books that claim they can indeed transform you, but reading The Rut Buster has just helped me so much. I was thinking about everything all wrong and doing myself with no favours. […]

Azuline | Words We Caught This Week

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Azuline: blue. http://phrontistery.info/a.html Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share azuline with you because it’s a beautiful word with a beautiful colour. According to Wiktionary, azuline is a ‘striking’ colour and is associated with a specific type of dye. Here’s an example of it in use: The sky looked divine at […]

‘Enjoyable and captivating’ | Damascus Redemption, by Richard C. Pendry

In this Middle East based military action thriller, Richard Pendry has created an array of characters that really does include the good, the bad, and the ugly, along with a rich and colourful mix in between. Behind the macho image of ex SAS and another assorted military, the author portrays each with all the faults […]

‘Second to none’ | Highlands, by Ross Lane

The author’s skill in painting pictures with words and conveying his emotional response to a landscape or a situation (historical or otherwise) is second to none. As someone who shares a passion for Scotland, Ross Lanes latest work, “Highlands”, is an absolute triumph! If you love Scotland you’ll adore “Highlands”, if you love “Highlands” you’ll […]

Hwyl | Words We Caught This Week

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Hwyl: (in Welsh use) a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy. https://www.lexico.com/definition/hwyl Here’s a word we caught this week. We thought we’d share hwyl with you as because we hope it describes the feeling you get after reading one of our books. Here’s an example of it in use: I just couldn’t put The […]