Words are wonderful, aren’t they? I do so enjoy a casual browse through the dictionary: it’s a relaxing pastime as well as being educational. It was on one such meander that I came across xenodochial, meaning friendly to strangers.
words can be deliberately misused. Erik the Red was an ancient Icelandic
warrior who called the arctic land to which he was exiled ‘Greenland’. It was
an early instance of false advertising. It is said that his intention in so
naming it was to encourage other settlers to come.
example is the naming of the long bay in south east Devon ‘Slapton Sands’: the
beach is formed entirely of pebbles and is impossible to walk on
in bare feet. Nevertheless it is very beautiful.
going to Slapton on Monday for two weeks holiday. I do hope the locals will be