Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

borasco

borasco (bo-RAS-koh) or borasca (bo-RAS-kah) - n., a Mediterranean squall, especially a thunderstorm.


What with winds and fires being of current local interest, I though it time for a stormy word. This is not necessarily restricted to on or around the Mediterranean, but it does not seem to be used often (at least in English) elsewhere. Borrowed either from Spanish borrasca or Italian burrasca (don't ask me how the typical gender changed in transmission), and while here it gets muddled with French bourrasque also in the mix, ultimately they all derive from Vulgar Latin borras, a form of Boreas, from Greek Boreas, the personification of the north wind (whose ultimate Proto-Indoeuropean root is *gʷorʰ-, mountain -- can you guess what terrain is north of Greece?). Note that in English, a borrasca with a double -rr- is unrelated, being an obscure term for a played-out mine.

We were nearly back to harbor when the borasco caught up and capsized us.

---L.
Subscribe

  • Tuesday word: Solace

    Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021 Solace (noun, verb) sol·ace [sol-is] noun Also called sol·ace·ment. 1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble;…

  • Tuesday word: Diverge

    Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021 Diverge (verb) di·verge [dih-vurj, dahy-] verb (used without object) 1. to move, lie, or extend in different directions…

  • Sunday Word: Palaver

    palaver [p uh- lav-er, ‐ lah-ver ] noun: 1 a a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication b…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments