Thursday, January 24, 2013

Word of the Day -- Skulk

Today's word, skulk, is a good word for gamers and those wishing to get around quietly for any manner of reasons.  It means to move in a stealthy or furtive manner and there is plenty of that going on in Castles & Crusades. But this is no ordinary word.  Can you name three things that the word "skulk" has in common with all of these other words: booth, brink, cog, flit, give, kid, meek, scab, seem, skull and wing? If you noticed that all of the terms on that list have just one syllable, then you've got the first (easy) similarity, but the next two are likely to prove a little harder to guess. Do you give up? All of the words listed above are of Scandinavian origin and all were first recorded in English in the 13th century. As for "skulk," its closest known Scandinavian relative is the Norwegian dialect word "skulka," which means "to lie in wait" or "lurk."

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