Thursday, May 22, 2008

Today's Word: lore

Just when you think you know what a word means . . .

lore: The space between a bird's eye and the upper edge of its bill or beak or between a fish's or snake's eye and its nostril.

I don't know why this particular area of an animal's face would need its own name, but there it is. It appears to have a completely different etymology than the other lore, knowledge of a particular, traditional area. It does make me wonder, though, if the famous loren ipsum actually has something to do the a deviated septum.