This week's word is Plenishing.
Plen·ish·ing (plenˈishˌing), noun*
Household furniture; stock.
Used in a sentence:
"My father's plenishings are on a moving van, somewhere between California and Wisconsin," said Mrs. M.
Most recently seen or heard in:
Anne of Avonlea, by L.M Montgomery:
"In a week's time Mrs. Rachel Lynde would move to Green Gables .... she had sold all her superfluous household plenishings by auction...."Why I like this word:
It has a soft and generous sound, delightfully suggestive of cushiony sofas in firelit rooms, or long curtains gently billowing in a warm breeze. Based on the Latin root plenus, meaning "full", the word plenishing gives me a pleasing sense of comfort and plenty.
I see Plenishing as a softly-rounded lady, middle-aged, but still youthful at heart. She wears a ruffled apron stitched by herself, and trots busily between the kitchen and sitting room, carrying plates of freshly-baked cookies to a gate-legged table where sits a steaming teapot. Plenishing is a generous soul who pours cream with abandon and presses you to have another slice of cake. Her sitting room is light and airy, furnished with taste and simplicity, and adorned with embroidered cushions and crocheted throws (also stitched by herself). Wouldn't you like to have tea with her?
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*Plenishing is also the present participle of the verb "to plenish", itself a lovely word meaning "equip, fill up, or stock".
Have you plenished anything lately?
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