It’s the last Word of the Week for 2013, bookworms, so enjoy it while you can. With other end-of-the-year posts planned for the rest of this month, I’ve decided to put our weekly grammar and etymology lesson on hold for a bit. Sometimes it boggles my mind that we’ve explored the meanings of more than 100 different words. The English language really is a delight.
Noun; from Dictionary.com:
1. A confused mass; a jumble or muddle
2. A state of commotion, turmoil or upheaval
For those who felt daunted by such a welter of literary possibility, a helpful new phenomenon, the book club, had just made its debut. (One Summer: America, 1927, Bill Bryson)
Welter is both a noun and a verb, a state of being not granted to too many words in the English language. As a verb, it means “to roll” or “to toss,” which makes sense, given that its meaning as noun refers to a state where you might feel rolled or tossed around. Both the noun and the verb form of welter stem from Middle English and/or Middle Dutch and Middle Low German. Stemming back even further, the Old Norse word velta meant “to roll” as well. The first record of welter as a noun stems from the mid 1800′s.
Your turn, bookworms – Has a novel or a literary character ever made you feel like you were in a welter of plot and character development? No matter how many times I try, I still haven’t ever finished Joyce’s Ulysses.
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