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Eat words, drink 'em and be merry!

'Tis the season to be jolly, a delicious word for my favourite state. In honour of jollity (joviality, jocundity, or jocosity if you prefer) allow me to offer obscure words for verbivores to eat, drink and make merry with this Christmas. And there's a drunken parlour game at the end. Wassail! Eat festical: an old Sussex word for a feast peg-away: to eat or drink voraciously manducation: the act of eating gulosity: greed in eating burnish: to grow fat Drink bumboo: ‘a mysterious compound of spirituous liquors’ huckle-my-buff: beer, eggs and brandy husser-and-squencher: a pot of beer with a dram of gin in it flip: beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a red-hot iron stingo: strong ale heavy wet: s


Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.


You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

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