Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Vitrid




Antithesis to vitrid - The cliffs full of irises at Cape St. Mary's

I could hardly believe the teensy, tiny, wooshy little definition given to this saucy word in The Dictionary of Newfoundland English.

vitrid a EDD vitrit, vitrid 'angry' Ch. Of a person, nasty, vengeful (P 141-75


No etymology could I find, even in the beloved OED.

So I'm left to my own devices.

And in my brilliance I think: perfect combination of putrid and vile. Vitrid.

Toss that out when someone PO's you and leave them making like a fish behind you.

Today's post brought to you by the letter V from The Dictionary of Newfoundland English in partnership with the rest of the alphabet beginning here.





18 comments:

  1. I quickly skimmed through your posts, such great pictures! I'll read 'em all in detail once this 30 day blogging madness is over :)

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  2. A wonderful word, very onomatopoeic (try spelling that!). As you say, must be a mix of putrid and vile - even putrider and even viler!

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  3. I like Nick's comment.I will leave the spelling of onomatopoeic to him..lol which I also think describes the word.

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  4. vitrid?
    no idea unless I accept your clever portmanteau word. Compound word is also a good way of describing it.(just wanted to boast about how clever I am!)

    But what does 'someone PO-ing' me mean?

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  5. Vile and Putrid makes eminent sense to me!

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  6. Vitrid has a smell off it. A mix of putrid and acrid, I know a few places I could use it. Nah, I better not!

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  7. E:
    I agree, it is blogging madness, I would never do it again but I'm a great one for following through on a commitment - as are you, no doubt!
    thanks for the kind words!
    XO
    WWW

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  8. Nick:
    Yes, that o word. I love the smack the v makes.
    XO
    WWW

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  9. GFB:
    yes, you spelled it out, I'm calling it the o word for now...:)
    XO
    WWW

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  10. Friko:
    Pissing one off.
    You're welcome!
    LOL
    XO
    WWW

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  11. Ramana:
    Thank you for the affirmation of my imagination!
    XO
    WWW

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  12. GM:
    Yes something would have definitely gone off..... :(
    XO
    WWW

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  13. It's a word one could SPIT out with appropriate bitterness too - or maybe that should be vitterness. ;-)

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  14. T:
    Vitterness, something vaguely Germanic about that, nein?

    Vitrid varlots.

    XO
    WWW

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  15. Aha! There's a few I could use that on.

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  16. Get to the back of the queue there, RJA!
    XO
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  17. I've been to Cape St. Marys! I grew up in a town called St. Marys in Pennsylvania so when I was in Nova Scotia I just had to make a trip there. And then there is the beautiful Stan Rogers song that mentions it, too. "Take me back to my western boat, let me fish of Cape St. Mary..." or something like that.

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  18. Kathleen:
    The opening song in my play is "Cape St. Mary's"
    You gave me goosebumps mentioning it.
    It is a song that brings me to tears every time I hear it.
    XO
    WWW

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