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Word Nerd: Alew

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyalew definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyAlew is an obsolete term for a cry of despair. Alew is also the cry used to call hounds at a hunt, a variation of halloo.

I was unable to find much about the word alew in my hunt, much to my despair (you see what I did there.). The few facts I was able to find about alew mark it an obsolete term with either definition and it was being used in 1596 by the poet Edmund Spenser in The Faerie Queene ~ “Yet did she not lament with loude alew, / As women wont, but with deepe sighes and singults few.

alew a cry of despair crop from original image by camila quintero via LaWhimsyThis would be a prime example of one lamenting with loud alew

Alew is an interesting word since it is such a simple one that seemed to slip from collective use. What do you think of alew?

Namaste ~ Ella

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