Thursday, May 11, 2006

Slugabed


It rained today. A lot. The forecast is for five days of rain. I think the rain is lost and we should redirect it to Vancouver where it belongs. In my (pea-sized) brain, it was sunny and warm, and I lolled about waiting for my peeps to return home and pondering the word slugabed for which I feel a great deal of affinity...

slugabed
• \SLUG-uh-bed\ • noun
:
a person who stays in bed after the usual or proper time to get up; broadly : sluggard

Did you know?
The first known usage of "slugabed" in English can be found in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1592), when Juliet's nurse attempts to rouse the young heroine by chiding, "Why, lamb! why, lady! Fie, you slug-abed!" The first half of the word, "slug," is a now-rare verb once used in English to mean "to be lazy or inert" or "to move slowly." Experts believe this word to be of Scandinavian origin, and the same thing can be said of the noun "slug," which can mean
"sluggard" or "lazy person" as well as refer to the slow-moving gastropod. The second half of our featured word, "abed," is a word still used in English today to mean "in bed."

3 comments:

Celtic Knitter said...

Wow! Now I know . . . and knowing is half the battle.
LOL

Jen said...

I feel like i've found my community. Before now I was a lone slugabed being guilt tripped into getting out bed

El Timido said...

-Knock knock
-Who is there?
-Rain.
-Rain who?
-Rain slugabed of NH ...
;)