Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Spindrift is the foam that blows off the tops of waves.
He wiped spindrift from his eyes.
Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

The derivation is from a Scottish word (spoon) meaning to run ahead of the wind and seas.

Unfortunately for our quote, Goggle asserts that the word was not in popular use until after the Civil War, and our protagonist, Cow Tom, was dumped into the broad Mississippi when the ship transporting his family to Indian Territory crashed and sank well before that time.

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