Ket

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Ket, n. putrid flesh; filth.

Word in the Wild: Cassandra had watched and loved every episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and announced to her high school guidance counsellor and anyone else who would listen that she wanted to become a forensic criminologist. But since slipping in the ket of a long-dead raccoon while on a hike last weekend, she’s been talking a lot about a career in perfumery instead.

If you like this word, you can thank Icelanders for sending it our way around 1220 CE.

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