Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordlover Wednesday: Gardyloo

I will be shocked if anyone has heard this word before. I would never have thought there was an actual word for this. But hey, you learn something new everyday. Todays wordlover word is...

Gardyloo (gar-de-lu)
Interjection- A warning shouted before throwing water from above
Derived from- French gare de l'eau, meaning "beware of the water" referring to the water and slops that were once thrown by servants from higher stories of a building onto the street.

Now I'm curious... 
how many of you already new gardyloo? 


  1. Not me!
    But I guess it can be also shouted before one tosses a water balloon? :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Coleen- Yes indeed! Water balloons are exactly what I first thought of too =)

  3. Never heard the word before. You would think you might in an historical novel or film. It is a pleasant word -- would have guessed an entirely different meaning.:) Pat

  4. What a neat word and also what it means. I've been enjoying your blog for some time now but could never post a comment. Thank you and God bless. Vijaya

  5. Patricia- Ooo, you just gave me an idea! What if I post a word and have people try and guess the definition? That could be fun, and funny =)

    Vijaya- Thanks so much! I'm glad you've enjoyed it =)

  6. I've never heard of this word, but it makes me wonder if J.K. Rowling used it to inspire her grindylow creatures in The Goblet of Fire.


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