June 15, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Xoriguera is a place name from North Catalonia (now politically in France) describing a set of high hills around the Canigó (9,300 ft alt.) and meaning "abundant in xoriguers", where xoriguer is the falconid known in English as kestrel (from Old French cresserelle, ultimately from Latin crepitaculum). Xoriguer itself means "mouse-eater" from Latin soricarius, from Latin sorix = mouse.

A Word A Day,
AWADmail issue 363

May 30, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

Yonlitor elme stelderen, es cor valoricel.
Glory of the starlit sky, my heart is your warrior.

—classical Bartolican declaration of love,
Eyes of the Calculor, Sean McMullen

Latin phrases

May 1, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

aqua et igni interdictus
forbidden water and fire

delineavit ______
drawn by ______

et hoc genus omne
and everything of the kind

omne ignotum pro magnifico
everything unknown is thought magnificent

vulneratus non victus
wounded but not conquered


February 5, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

...in Old Norse word for raven is hrafn, in Old English hraefn. Branwen means "beautiful raven" from Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed".



January 26, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

tähtivaeltaja, "star rover" or "stellar wanderer"

portti, "gateway"

usva, "mist"

Enhörningen, "unicorn"



January 1, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

flying with sails and gale-force wings