of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
Belfry (bell-free) is pronounced a little differently than it looks as though it might be. It looks as though it might be pronounced as a jingle you dropped in hot grease. While it does have to do with bells, it has nothing at all to do with boiling oil.
A belfry is the window part of a steeple that houses a bell, as on a church, cathedral, town square. schoolhouse, etc.
Some people are said to have "bats in their belfry." This is a not so kind phrase, meaning that they are insane or mad. Since bats like darkness and often fly around in belfries after dark, I suppose some unkind people think that those who are suffering with mental darkness have bats flying around in their brains, the upper part of their bodies or cathedrals. At any rate, I would steer clear of such a dark phrase!
But next time you drive by a belfry with someone you know, impress them with your knowledge of this architectural term!
A bat-free Romanesque double belfry
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."