Odds malkins!

From A Word A Day:

malkin (MO-kin, MAL-kin) noun

1. An untidy woman; a slattern.

2. A scarecrow or a grotesque effigy.

3. A mop made of a bundle or rags fastened to a stick.

Which definition do you think is most accurate?

3 thoughts on “Odds malkins!

  1. Larry Teabag says:

    Isn’t this an example of “nominal determinism”?

    Anyway, I vote for 3.

  2. Number one is my favourite, assuming that “slattern” means vicious, small-minded dullard.

    But this is a good one too – I’m delighted to tell you that A. Coulter is a common tool…

    /koltr/ (US colter)

    • noun a vertical cutting blade fixed in front of a ploughshare.

    — ORIGIN Latin culter ‘knife or ploughshare’.

  3. I was going to go for number 1 because I like the sound of “slattern”, but she (or one of her contributors) does use the phrase “get a load of this loathesome toad”, which I quite like and so I shall opt for number 3 instead; based on the dodgy highlights and slightly 80’s hairstyle featured in her picture on the “about” section.

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