Today’s letter is “U,” and I just had to share this word with you! Ugsome. It just made me pause and look back at it again. Ugsome is a word that originated in Scotland and Northern England. And it is an adjective that describes something that is horrid and loathsome. Isn’t it awesome!
The English root is that of uggen, to fear or cause loathing. The Old Norse root is ugga, to fear and the dread. And yes, it has the same roots as ugly!
Can you imagine some Scottish man in a kilt telling tales of his enemy’s ugsomeness right before spinning a tale of how he soundly defeated the enemy?
Or how about a farmer, describing the look of an ugsome harvest?
Robin Hood was most certainly an ugsome bandit to the Sheriff of Nottingham. (I love the story of Robin Hood!)
During the American Civil War, General Sherman burned a great deal of property in order to create ugsomeness and despair.
Do you know someone who behaves ugsomely? I sincerely hope you don’t meet one while shopping this Christmas season!
It’s such a fun word!
I initially had a different word picked out for today, but it just wasn’t as entertaining. I had “ubiety” highlighted for today’s blog. Ubiety is the property of having a definite location at any given time, or the state of existing in a certain space. But it just wasn’t as fun as “ugsome”.
Thanks for stopping by today! See if you can slip “ugsome” into a conversation in the next couple of days!