MEANING: noun: An area of land cleared for farming by slashing and burning the vegetation.

ETYMOLOGY: A variant of Northern English dialect swithen (to burn), from Old Norse svithna (to be singed). Earliest documented use: 1868.

“Some headed out to the charred earth of their swidden gardens to tend crops of manioc, bananas, and sweet potatoes.”
Chip Brown; Kayapo Courage; National Geographic (Washington, DC); Jan 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: The [Nobel] prize is such an extraordinary honor. It might seem unfair, however, to reward a person for having so much pleasure over the years, asking the maize plant to solve specific problems and then watching its responses. -Barbara McClintock, scientist, Nobel laureate (16 Jun 1902-1992)


SLIDDEN - past tense of "slide;" compare "hide."

USAGE: "The runner slidden to second base ahead of the throw, and the umpire called "Safe!"