Day 247: Verbis Obscurum #5 – Shivelight

Day 247: Verbis Obscurum #5 – Shivelight

Monday September 4, 2017

Shivelight – a word to describe the lances of light that pierce through the canopy of a dark wood; a tiny sliver or speck of light. The word is believed to have been coined by 19th Century English poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.

If I were to extend the metaphor, “shivelight” is how I would describe the modern media, which thinks it still has credibility in the same way America thinks it still leads the world.


Verbis Obscurum is a collection of words old and new, rare or nearing extinction, to describe everyday phenomena of which you are not necessarily conscious, and which you lack the words to adequately describe. Once you’re told about them, you’ll start seeing them everywhere. 

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