Fa – the Green Dragon

A Place for the Odd Musings of an Expat Bristolian

Obscure words explained 76. – vug



A small cavity

as in a rock formation

coated with crystals

Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

6 thoughts on “Obscure words explained 76. – vug

  1. Ooh, so nice that such a feature has its own word.

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    • English is a remarkable language; one is able to express oneself completely (not always clearly) depending on ones ability to articulate. Other languages are not so easy as they depend greatly on context. My wife for example speaks three dialects of her native country. In conversations with her friends (from the same country I can understand a lot or at least the gist of the conversation by the words for which they have no word in their dialect. combine this with the words I have learned over the silver years of our union and all is well on the Western front.

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    • By the way, I forgot to mention that vug may come from old Cornish or Brittonic woog. I thought this may be of interest to you rmembering your ties to Cornwall.

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  2. Sounds lovely and sparkling.

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  3. Isn’t our language amazing!

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