"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 16 September 2011


Apothecary (pronounced /əˈpɒθɨkɛəri/) is a historical name for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses materia medica to physicians, surgeons and patients — a role now served by a pharmacist (or a chemist or dispensing chemist). To my delight a chemist shop in Inverary had this sign...


  1. And a tongue pleasing word it is! :)

  2. have you been watching the bbc series on the victorian chemists, it's been fascinating.
    thanks for sharing

  3. And again, a word that is almost exactly the same in German! What you'd call pharmacy is Apotheke in German; an apothecary (the person?) would be an Apoteheker.

  4. Hello! I am getting a whole lot of good ideas from your blog for a school project of mine. I'm in the process of collecting words & having kids illustrate them...come add to the list if you feel like it.