301114 Smokin’ Pibroch

By November 30, 2014zBlog Archives

Oh shame on the pair of us – even MisterMac forgot it was Saint Andrews Day and I only remembered when I noticed the saltire reference in the google doodle. The OED didn’t forget and so the word of the day had a suitably Gaelic etymology, namely, “pibroch”, which is: ‘A type of music for the Scottish bagpipes, generally of a ceremonial character, consisting of variations on a theme or ground (see urlar n.). As a count noun: a piece of such music. Also fig.’, (OED). I was surprised not to encounter a bagpipe-player whilst flaneuring around SW7, so decided on a contemporary interpretation of the subject – a hubble bubble pipe and an iPod, no doubt playing Highland Cathedral, Amazing Grace or some other pibroch.

Day #330 of a 365 project, where the daily pic is informed by theĀ OED word of the day.