"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."

Tuesday, 24 January 2012



Picaresque means of or relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero; recounting the adventures of a rogue. (From the Spanish picaro meaning a rogue.)


  1. What a lovely word! Thank you! By the way, word verification on this comment is "manesse". Are you familiar with the Manesse?

  2. I wasn't but I've just discovered it is a Medieval songbook! (My immediate reaction was that it must be a mythical beast which was was confused about its sexuality!)