April 12th, 2010

brontide

brontide
noun

Pronunciation:
[bron-tahyd]

Definition:
A sound like distant thunder, sometimes caused by seismic movement.

Usage:
“That storm’s coming our way, lads, judging by the brontide,” the Pirate captain Thunder-Guts said. “Either that or it’s me stomach, bell peppers’ll prevent scurvy but they won’t do ye any good with the lady folk, if ye catch me drift.”


Etymology:
From the Greek bronte meaning “thunder” and from the suffix id, also Greek, meaning “offspring of.”

Love Tahlia, who wonders how she got from doing art portrait research to “cures for scurvy” so fast.