today's wwftd is... kentledge
- the worthless word for the day is: kentledge
[of obscure origin, perh. related to quintal, a unit of wt]
Naut. : pig iron or scrap metal used as permanent ballast;
"She is ballasted with utilities; not altogether with
unusable pig-lead and kentledge."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick, or, The Whale (1861)
"“My breast has felt the last four-and-twenty hours as if
a ton of kentledge had been stowed in it.”"
- James Fenimore Cooper, The Pathfinder (1839)
John McGaw grumps: For the sake of my sanity you need to get
paraclete out of the top spot. You see, every time I open the
page and see it I have a mental dialogue that goes something
like: "Paraclete. I had one of them when I was a little boy.
It was a nasty bugger. It drew blood every time I had to
change the newspaper in its cage."