Pronounced: SKAB-ruhs, adj

Notes: Not what I thought it was…

Yesterday’s word

The word grimthorpe means “to restore or remodel something without paying attention to its original character, history, etc”

First usage

This word came into usage in the late 1800s

Background / Comments

Nothing to do with “grim” (although it might be considered “grim” to grimthorpe a building). The word comes from a person’s name: Edmund Beckett, the first Baron Grimthorpe. He was an architect that “restored” St Albans Cathedral – because of the radical changes he made he made during the restoration, he was critized, and his name became a verb.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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