Word of the Week: Balk



My job is all about ‘words’ and making ‘words’ work in the copywriting and web content writing world.

So I thought I’d create a ‘word of the week’ blog spot focusing on ‘words ’that we just don’t seem to use much in our everyday language.

And then I’m going to try and use these ‘words’ as much as I can so they become part of my life.
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Word of the Week: BALK

This is another of my Tutbury words.It sits on a name plaque just outside a ‘very grand house’ up the road.  Funnily enough, I was driven past the name plaque and up the drive to have a look at the ‘very grand house’ not knowing that it belonged to a friend who goes to the same French conversation class as me. I forgot to ask her what Balk meant so I’ve looked it up and it’s one of those words with lots of different meanings.  In this instance, I think I’ll go for this one – ‘a ridge of land left unplowed as a dividing line’ – after all, it was a ‘very bumpy track’ that led up to the ‘very grand house’.

What does ‘Balk’ mean to me?

  • not a very pretty word
  • I could ‘balk’ at something, i.e. be nervous about doing it
  • Geography lessons and ‘The Balkan mountains’
What does ‘Balk’ mean to you?

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