The Word

Word O’ Today

Gowk’s-storm – A storm consisting of several days of tempestuous weather, believed by the peasantry to take place periodically about the beginning of April, at the time that the gowk, or cuckoo, visits this country [Scotland.] Metaphorically used to denote an evil or obstruction which is only of short duration. — John Jamieson’s Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language 1808.

Whew! Whatta word!

Despite it being late April here in Michigan I believe we’re having a bit of a gowk’s-storm these next couple of days. Woke up to some fantastic thunder shaking my apartment this morning.

I’m also personally living in a bit of a gowk’s-storm. I’ve taken on a few too many projects, and I’m completely overwhelmed. But! I know it is temporary & that post June 18th 2011 everything will have settled once more…I hope.

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Published in: on April 26, 2011 at 7:43 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Hmm, I wonder if they chose that word for this time of year on purpose.


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