Q for Qualtagh – #atozchallenge

Q for Qualtagh – #atozchallenge

Look at that, Q day happened! Let’s pretend it’s still Friday because I have found a most interesting word for you!

Noun [Kwol-tog]
From Gaelic Manx
the first individual or creature a person meets after exiting his or her house after the New Year, or after a long seclusion as with childbirth.

Happy Birthday Jack!

As with most ancient things, there is a lot of superstition surrounding this word, in that your qualtagh’s appearance was a signal of your luck in the year to come.

From Folklore of the Isle of Man by A. W. Moore, 1891:

January 1, New Year’s Day, formerly called Laa Nolick beg, “Little Christmas Day,” was the occasion for various superstitions . Among these was that about the “first foot.” The “first foot,” called the qualtagh in Manx, is defined as follows by Kelly in his Dictionary: ” the first person or creature one meets going from home. This person is of great consequence to the superstitious, particularly to women the first time they go out after lying-in.” The qualtagh (he or she) may also be the first person who enters a house on New Year’s morning. In this case it is usual to place before him or her the best fare the family can afford. It was considered fortunate if the qualtagh were a person (a man being preferred to a woman), of dark complexion, as meeting a person of light complexion at this time, especially if his or her hair is red, would be thought very unlucky. It is curious that the superstition in Scotland is the exact reverse of this – i.e., to meet a light complexioned person was fortunate. If the qualtagh were spaagagh, or splay-footed, it would be considered very unfortunate. It was important, too, that the qualtagh on New Year’s Day should bring some gift as if he or she came empty-handed, misfortunes would be sure to ensue. To meet a cat first on this day was considered unlucky. It was supposed to be necessary to exercise great care to sweep the floor of the house on New Year’s morning from the door towards the hearth, so that the dust should go towards the hearth, for, if this were not done, the good fortune of the family would be considered to be swept from the house for that year.

My 2012 word: QUALE – I love this one!!  #spock #cool

Today’s photo: BLURRY

A painting I did at the local painting class place. I love dandelions :)

O + P for Oculoplania Prosopography #atozchallenge

O + P for Oculoplania Prosopography #atozchallenge

I should choose shorter words if I intend to continue titling my posts like this…

“Egad,” she said, realizing she was a day behind on the A to Z. This isn’t as alarming as the other day on facebook when she thought she made a mistake by placing her M post before N… because you know… that would be wrong.  *ahem*

And so we have recovered to bring you:


The act of allowing one’s eyes to wander, in that forbidden way that your spouse would not approve.
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This is reminiscent of our lovely word last week for K… Krukolibidinous.  Remember the fun we had there?

…and to catch up with the rest of the world on today’s letter, we have a rather interesting one:

[präsəˈpägrəfē] – Noun
A description of a person’s social and family connections, career, etc., or a collection of such descriptions.

Per the amazing wikipedia: “Prosopographical research has the aim of learning about patterns of relationships and activities through the study of collective biography, and proceeds by collecting and analysing statistically relevant quantities of biographical data about a well-defined group of individuals. This makes it a valuable technique for studying many pre-modern societies. Prosopography is an increasingly important approach within historical research.”

This is such an interesting field of study. As an amateur genealogist myself, it is useful to understand how people functioned in their communities and families in order to track people down through the ages.

Last year’s words for O and P:

Today’s #fmsphotoaday prompt: Hello!

Yes, you may sleep right there, no worries. 

N for Nudibranch – #atozchallenge

Noun: [nood-eh-brink]

Soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs.

I will never forget when I discovered these creatures while reading THE HIGHEST TIDE by Jim Lynch. If you have not, then add this to your list. I remember being swept away by the descriptions of all the creatures that live in the NW coastal region of these United States. (and a pretty intense story!) I had no idea.

on Amazon

The nudibranch blew me away. I googled them at the time and am still just in awe. What a weird and beautiful creature! If I had gone walking at low tide and found one of these… I would have run home and put on my foil hat, convinced the aliens were already living among us.

Enjoy… a 3:35 video education – check out what they do when they eat jellies that sting!!

My 2012 Word: Nepenthe

Today’s photoaday: your favorite color
I have two… but today it is this one:

Happy Tuesday!

M for Mulligrubs – #atozchallenge

noun [məlēˌgrəbz]

1. a despondent, sullen, or ill-tempered mood : sulks, blues
2. a griping of the intestines : colic

Anyone who has had a child afflicted with the mulligrubs knows that this is the perfect word to describe their misery. (The child’s, not yours)

And anyone who has been blah, or down, or just yucky… might find a little delight in knowing this applies to them as well. So, the next time you find yourself with a case of the mulligrubs, take heart! It will usually pass, and until it does, you can make yourself smile as you repeat to anyone who will listen about your mulligrubidinous plight.

My 2012 word: Mathom

Today’s #fmsphotoaday: alone

One of my most cherished parts of our recent vacation this winter was waking up to see the sunrise each morning, and finding myself blissfully alone most days, in the dark. This photo was taken well after sunrise, which is probably the better time to be taking photos anyway.  When it was totally dark, you could watch the cruise ships inch along the horizon like magical glowing things…

L for Liripipe – #atozchallenge

L for Liripipe – #atozchallenge

noun [lir-ee-pahyp] –
a hood with a long, hanging peak, worn originally by medieval academics and later adopted for general wear in the 14th and 15th centuries.

image source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liripipe

In case you were looking for that special something for the upcoming Ren Faire season, you can purchase a hood with liripipe for yourself!  Behold! 

Methinks we doth bring these clothes back in fashion.  I could use a snood on those special hair days.

My 2012 Word: Logizomechanophobia 

Today’s #fmsphotoaday: THE VIEW FROM YOUR BED

This filter makes me sleepy.

Happy Saturday!  We’ve made it to the half-way mark!  Are you enjoying the a-to-z so far?