Wednesday, January 07, 2015

word of the day: hod

The word of the day is hod:
1. a portable trough for carrying mortar, bricks, etc., fixed crosswise on top of a pole and carried on the shoulder.
2. a coal scuttle.
perhaps later variant of Middle English hot basket for carrying earth (

"Behind him, a tangle of bodies

Made out of plaster, which plasterers call mud.
The apprentice hurries with a hod of mud."

 - Robert Pinsky, "Genesis According to George Segal", 15 December 2014 The New Yorker

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