Word of the Day: Gloaming

I just finished reading Devoted by Dean Koontz. He's one of my favorite authors because of his use of language.

Although this post isn't precisely a review, I will say I enjoyed the book very much. It had that same touch of magic as Watchers which is a marvelous book.

Sometimes, Mr. Koontz uses descriptive words that aren't ordinarily seen in books or heard in conversation.

In reading Devoted, I thought of words my grandfather used that also aren't used very often in today's world.

One such word was gloaming. It's such a useful  word that perfectly describes that time of day immediately after the sun sets, but before deep darkness descends.

An online source defines gloaming this way:

A poetic word for "twilight," or the time of day immediately after the sun sets, is gloaming. This is a word with a strong Scottish heritage, adopted from Scottish dialect during the Middle Ages and rooted in the Old English word for "twilight," glōm.

My grandfather's ancestry was Scotch-Irish so I'm sure his speech was influenced by his parents and grandparents, etc.

Takeaway Truth

This evening when the sun sets and night is falling, look outside and say: "Let's sit outside in the gloaming and unwind."

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