"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, 21 October 2011


Swart - an obsolete adjective meaning dark-skinned; naturally having skin of a dark colour. It could also be used to mean gloomy or malignant.

It was the forerunner of the modern word swarthy - of a dark color, complexion, or cast.

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