Our New Weekly Crossword
I know how much you like vocabulary, so I thought we could introduce a new feature – a weekly crossword.
Courtesy of The I newspaper, every week I’ll add a crossword for you to do. To make things a bit easier I’ve filled in one or two squares, giving letters and sometimes whole clues to help you.
I’ll also add a little bit of information about any useful or interesting words that I find in the crossword.
For example, in today’s crossword, ‘slobber‘ is the answer to 11 Across – ‘dribble’. Slobber is a word that people often use to describe excess saliva which drops from the mouth in a thin stream.
The word ‘slobber’ can be used in different ways. For example, it might be used to describe a physical situation:
‘the dog slobbered over the bone’ – meaning that the dog produced a lot of saliva because it was hungry and wanted to eat the bone.
‘Slobber’ can also be used to describe a person’s behaviour:
‘he was slobbering all over her’ – meaning he was over-enthusiastic in showing his feelings for an attractive woman NOT that he was physically dribbling saliva over someone.
History and etymology
The word ‘slobber’ dates from approximately 1400, and meant ‘mud and slime’. However, in 1755 ‘slobber’ is used to talk about saliva.
It is related to the Middle low German slubberen ‘to slurp’ and the Middle Dutch phrase overslubberen ‘to wade through a ditch’.
to dribble (verb)
to drool (verb)
to salivate (verb)
to slobber over (someone / something)
Do the crossword
And now….. here is the crossword and answers!