‘Reverdie’ is the remedy for Wordsmith’s Woes
Last month I was a grumpy wordsmith.
Happily in April I am full of the joys of spring – literally!
After being laid low by the lurg in March I have spring fever as the snow has gone and the sun is – finally! – here.
Because spring fever is defined as being ‘overwhelmed by the appearance of spring’s riot of colour, chirping of nesting birds, and buzzing of insects’.
And check out the above photo – the backdrop to my tram stop home which I had to stop and snap earlier this week.
Who could fail to be ‘chirky’? Yep, I have been inspired by spring-related words and antiquated terms for ‘happy’ like that one, a late 19th century term for cheerful.
And also by these 18 words to welcome spring from Mental Floss, a couple of which perfectly sum up what dominated my mood in March:
“An after-winter, meanwhile, is a period of bad weather when spring should be due, while Winnol-weather is a period of stormy or wintry weather around the feast day of St Winwaloe on March 3.”
So this month’s blog could perhaps be described as a reverdie, a song, poem or dance performed in celebration of the return of the spring.
So last month’s curmudgeon has gone – let us rejoice … or gaudeamus!