Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Athirst

Athirst can mean thirsty (from the Old English ofthyrst apparently). It also means eager or strongly desirous as in athirst for knowledge. I think I'll combine them into athirst for a nice cold glass of wine.

The second definition surprised me. I'd heard the phrase and understood the meaning, but had thought it was written as 'a thirst for knowledge'.

13 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy - interesting to read this .. "athirst" for more coffee .. but love the photo - cheers Hilary

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    1. It's tea I'm getting through a lot of at the moment, Hilary. One pot per castle, or other point of interest adds up to gallons of the stuff.

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  2. I'm always athirst for snippets about words. And you were right all along, of course, cos being "athirst for knowledge" = having "a thirst for knowledge". :)

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  3. I always thought it was "a thirst for knowledge," too. In fact, I never even knew the word "athirst" existed before. Interesting!

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    1. Glad I wasn't alone in thinking that, Heather.

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  4. I can think of all sorts of applications for that word, none of which I will repeat here...

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    1. I'm starting to think my dictionary has it wrong, R Mac.

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  6. I had always assumed it was two words - we learn something every day!

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