When the raven failed to return, Noah released a dove, which flew back to the Ark with an olive leaf in its bill to show that the floodwaters had finally abated. All The next month The next 3 months The next 6 Months. Dimber-damber The leader of a gang of criminals. Iddy-umpty An affectionate term for Morse code, used in the early s. Nyctograph In , the writer Lewis Carroll invented the nyctograph, a device consisting of a flat board with a series of squares cut into it that could be used, letter by letter, to guide his pen as he wrote in the dark. BBC Culture has picked out 26 of the most delightful terms from The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: our alphabet of obscure words is below. He sits next to a bookcase, flicking through titles long out of print. For Jones, who blogs and tweets under the name Haggard Hawks, it has been a lifetime of word geekery. Coign or quoin is still an architectural term — used to refer to angles or corners, or to the cornerstones and keystones, of buildings.
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