May 26th, 2012

word of the day
  • k8cre8

whelk

Today's story is, perhaps, more darkly comedic than they usually are. 

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whelk: \ welk \ noun. I'm using the second meaning of this word. Most people are more familiar with the first meaning. 1. any carnivorous marine gastropod mollusc of the family Buccinidae,  of coastal waters and intertidal regions, having a strong snail-like shell. 2. a pimple or pustule. a raised lesion on the skin; wheal.

This word has two origins, depending upon which meaning you are intending. For the first: it's from the Old English "weoloc" which is related to Middle Dutch "willok," and the Old Norse "vil" which is entrails. For the second meaning, the one I used, It is derived from the Old English "hwylca."