Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#118996 - 01/07/04 12:27 AM glebe  
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
wwh Offline
Carpal Tunnel
wwh  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858
Mencken gives a list of church related English words.
Among them is "glebe".When I lived in Virginia, I used to drive on Glebe Road going from Oakton to Georgetown for appointments at rheumatology clinic. I could not find out
how it got that name.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Definition: \Glebe\, n. [F. gl[`e]be, L. gleba, glaeba, clod, land,
soil.]
1. A lump; a clod.

2. Turf; soil; ground; sod.

Fertile of corn the glebe, of oil, and wine.
--Milton.

3. (Eccl. Law) The land belonging, or yielding revenue, to a
parish church or ecclesiastical benefice.






#118997 - 01/07/04 01:43 PM Re: glebe  
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel
of troy  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,400
rego park
ah, a senior moment Dr bill, i brought up glebe last year, and you made almost the same comment!

i used to live a Zerega Avenue in the bronx, Glebe Avenue terminated outside my door(like a T). Glebe Ave. doesn't run straight, but makes a dog leg round to Westchester Ave, and at the other end terminated near St Anne's church-- the building is new, but the alter was donated to the church by Queen Anne. (zip 10473 i think, in the bronx if you want to see it!) the avenue marks the edge of the old church glebe.
--trinity church (in Manhattan) had a glebe avenue too, but its been renamed..(and i forget--learned that from the book Gotham--Rector street is from the church rectory)



Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,878
Posts223,769
Members9,009
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Akintola, VegasCaptain, Mallo, drad_dog, Kimi
9009 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 43 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 8,937
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.017s Queries: 13 (0.003s) Memory: 2.6502 MB (Peak: 2.7242 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2017-07-23 04:57:49 UTC