Word For The Day 6-15-2017

begrutten

be·grut·ten \bi-ˈgrə-tən\
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Definition

Showing the effects of much weeping; marred or swollen in face through sore or continued weeping.


Examples

When, therefore, she came on deck and found her own handmaid with her pretty little face swelled, or, as she expressed it, “begrutten,” and heard her express a wish that she had never left home, she lost command of herself — a loss that she always found it easy to come by — and, seizing Bertha by the shoulder, ordered her down into the cabin instantly.
The Norsemen in the West

She stood bravely beside her father, whose face was as begrutten as hers was serene, and those who put her through her catechism found to my mind but a good heart and tolerance where they sought treachery and rank heresy.
John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

Why, your face is as much _begrutten_ as if you were a mere baby.
The Norsemen in the West


Origin

The word ‘begrutten’ comes from the prefix “be-” and the past participle of ‘greet’, “to weep”.


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JSW Prompt 8-2-2016

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He knew it well, having lived his ‘After’ life as a Dream Taker. Men came to his village when he was ten, tested all the children.  He was the only one taken from his family, his world, to a cold place on the far side of the planet. Later, he learned the building was once a  slaughter-house,  but it made no difference. Nothing made much difference  anymore.

No happiness dwelt there, nor any sign of care and kindness. He lived hardship and pain, lived where fragile bodies broke. His body stood against the torment, but he knew it would not last forever.  Someday, some time soon, he would break, too.

Each day, he struggled to remember the broken fragments of his life ‘Before,’ as if somebody had taken a sponge and wiped away parts of his memory. There was nothing left. It was too late for him. If they remembered him at all, they would draw away in fear. If they didn’t, it would be as if he’d never existed.

Maybe he hadn’t existed ‘Before’ they took him away, ‘Before’ they changed him into something so unlike himself he could never go back. Each day, he tortured himself, no longer knowing why.

His alarm buzzed and he rose, gathering his midnight dream-coat and heading to the Commander’s office.

Quote For The Day 6-28-2016

Sorry means you leave yourself open, to embrace or to ridicule or to revenge. Sorry is a question that begs forgiveness, because the metronome of a good heart won’t settle until things are set right and true. Sorry doesn’t take things back, but it pushes things forward. It bridges the gap. Sorry is a sacrament. It’s an offering. A gift.”
Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones