"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."

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


While I was washing the dishes yesterday I dropped one of the dishes into the washing up water; it didn’t break but I jarbled myself.  At least, at one time I might have claimed I had done so.  Sadly the word is archaic and no longer in use.   

It meant to splatter with something wet or muddy; to besmirch.


  1. New word for me! Not even in the many old books I have been reading this has ever come up.

  2. Lovely word, and I do it all the time how can it have fallen out of use:-)