Part two of a twenty-six part series.
Words we already knew
BEL of course, being 10 decibels.
Words we already knew because they are plurals of a two-letter word
More mouth sounds!
Easy loan words
|Chinese steamed bun
|Scottish mountain peak (as in Ben Nevis)
|Another Hebrew letter. The second of the alphabet, also BETH (plural is BESES)
|Africaans for an antelope, as in Springbok, Reebok. Like buck.
Words that were new to me
|Baccalaureate, a university degree
|A type of shoe, from “Balmoral”. Detailed shoe nerdery at this guide.
|To hoax. Possibly from “bamboozle”. Current in the early 18th century. Also as a noun in the Scots sense.
|The second tine of a deer’s horn. Not in the OED, but Google Books is convincing.
|In various contexts, an alternative spelling of “boy”.
|Good, adj. Literally French again, but part of multiple naturalized phrases. I’m sure I read somewhere that that qualified things for inclusion. I’m choosing to believe BONIER and BONIEST wouldn’t be valid if BONY wasn’t a word.
|A form of address for a neighbour, formerly used in East Anglian dialect.
|Like BRO, but more South African. Some examples
|Variant of BURR, in many of its meanings, including as a rough edge, or the act of removing a rough edge.
5 4 sketchy inclusions:
None of these seem as bad as the bad A words.
- BES should be dropped in favour of BETH, we don’t need two competing transliterations for the Hebrew letters. (But this will also cost some useful 2-letter words, so I’m happy to let it slide.)
- BOH is every day losing ground to DOH, but Francis Beaumont has won me round to it:
- BOR might be the most obscure, but it has citations from the 19th century.
- BUR is usually a spelling error
Good job, B words