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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20 thoughts

  1. I like the obscure meaning so much more. Despite their balefulness, the colours on the leaf are quite beautiful shadowing the end of this little leaf’s sojourn on earth.

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  2. It amuses me how the English language is pulled out of shape and meanings revamped, distorted or forgotten…😸💕🍃🍂🍁

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  3. “Baleful” – I like that word. It makes me think of a cat when you when you’ve accidentally dripped something wet on its fur. That slitty-eyed look they give you is truly baleful! 🙂 I think the ivy leaves are quite pretty, though.

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    1. Yes – I know that cat’s look quite well, Diane! Once, when I was little a cat called around to visit, so my brother and I decided to give it a ‘bath’ in the sink. Legs and claws were everywhere… and that baleful look will never leave!
      And yes, I’m glad they caught my eye (the leaves) – it’ as though they are ‘screaming’ to be looked at!

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