It’s One Word Sunday once again, and this week, Debbie’s word is ‘Baleful’. A word I hardly (if ever) use… in fact I had to look up the meaning of it! Full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious. I had to look up pernicious as well: having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way. Eek, I thought. Menacing? On this blog?? (OK, yes, I know that I do post menacing posts around Hallowe’en, AND Hallowe’en crops up more often than usual around here, but it isn’t Hallowe’en time at the moment. Not yet, anyway!)
So, I looked further.
There’s an obsolete meaning to the word: wretched or miserable. That’s better, I thought. Isn’t it odd how ‘miserable’ is an improvement?!
I found these rather sorry-looking ivy leaves, which I think could be classified as baleful… in a wretched, or miserable way.
Even though they are quite icky looking, I still like the colours on them. Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and they did speak to me when I saw them, so they deserved a quick photograph or two.
And looking at this leaf this way, it doesn’t really look half as bad…
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