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:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Robert Crompton said...

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". :)

Heather Holden said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I assumed it was two words too

The Spooky Whisk said...

lol.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

I like your reasoning, Rob.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Thanks for the restraint, Alex.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

We do, Rosemary!