ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


discalced (ds-klst), adj.
1.  unshod, barefoot, or wearing sandals
2.  used to denote certain religious orders where friars or nuns wear sandals.

Etymology:  1600s, Latin, from calceare, to put on shoes.

When I first sat for baby photos, I cried until my shoes were removed.  As I grew up I spent most of my summer days barefoot.  I was fortunate:  we lived on 20 acres outside of town, half wooded, with a river and pond.  There were clamshells to collect, trees and tall grass to hide in, plants and rocks to gather....  I had incredible calluses; I could walk across sharp gravel without a thought.

The start of school would be the end of my discalced days for the year.
Tags: adjective, d, latin, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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