Pronounced: MOT-ser

Notes: I’m not sure about using this word. It is also spelled “motzer” and “motsa”

Yesterday’s word

The word lust-house is

  • a country house or a summer house
  • a tavern with a beer garden
First usage

This word came into English in the late 1500s

Background / Comments

I would have never guessed “summerhouse” as a meaning for this word – what about you? The word comes from the Dutch word lusthuis (country house), which came from the German word lusthaus (summer house), from lust (pleasure) and haus (house). The word lust is so frequently used to refer to something bad that we forget it can mean “enthusiasm, zest, or relish” (as in “lust for life”).

Published by Richard

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

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