Lexicographer: A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
Next week I'll share some poems from the summer swap, but in the meantime I have entries from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language (1755). They're not poetry, but they are poetic, and they make me want to use them in poems. For instance, did you know that "anthology" once meant "a collection of flowers"?
Anthology. n.s. [ἀνθολογἰα, from ανθος, a flower, and λέγα, to gather.]
A collection of flowers.
A collection of devotions in the Greek church.
A collection of poems.
Daggersdrawing. n.s. [dagger and draw.]
The act of drawing daggers; approach to open violence.
They always are at daggersdrawing,
And one another clapperclawing.
Hudibras, p. ii. cant. 2.
Afterlove. n.s. [from after and love.]
The second or later love.
Intended, or committed, was this fault?
If but the first, how heinous ere it be,
To win thy after-love, I pardon thee.
Shakesp. Richard II.
Fopdoodle. n.s. [fop and doodle.]
A fool; an insignificant wretch.
Where sturdy butchers broke your noodle,
And handled you like a fopdoodle.
Hudibras, p. ii.
Camelopard. n.s. [from camelus and pardus, Lat.]
An Abyssinian animal, taller than an elephant, but not so thick. He is so named, because he has a neck and head like a camel; he is spotted like a pard, but his spots are white upon a red ground. The Italians call him giaraffa.
Originally the name of a street in Moorfields in London, much inhabited by writers of small histories, dictionaries, and temporary poems; whence any mean production is called grubstreet.
I'd sooner ballads write, and grubstreet lays.
[What's a temporary poem? I guess it must not have been very well-regarded...]
Blatteration. n.s. [blateratio, Lat.]
Noise; senseless roar.
Anybody want to make a sentence or poem with one in the comments? Mainely Write has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Donna!