wordy wednesday: akimbo

I love this word even if it is a dreaded adverb. My love is effusive and overflowing. I can’t even articulate how many ways the hard consonants please me.

with hands on the hips and elbows turned outwards: she stood with arms akimbo, frowning at the small boy.

• (with reference to limbs) flung out widely or haphazardly.
– ORIGIN late Middle English: from in kenebowe in Middle English, probably from Old Norse.

Source: “akimbo adverbThe Oxford Dictionary of English (revised edition). Ed. Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson. Oxford University Press, 2005. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press

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