Posted: Jul 18, 2017 12:48 pm
by crank
Manticore wrote:
crank wrote:I was reading a book, this was back about 12 years ago, and it had the word 'sheleighly' in it. I didn't recognize it and had to look it up. It's a club basically, like this:

Later, while reading the next book, not related in any way to the previous one, I came across the damn word again! And then the next book had the word in it. No theme or anything tied the books together, just that I happened to be reading them. 3books in a row, near random choice, and to have the same fairly rare word, the first time I remember ever seeing it? Doe god like sheleighlies by any chance?

Never seen that spelling before - most people seem to spell it "Shillelagh". (Apparently after the town where it originated.)

I actually spelled it that way, just winged it knowing it would get redlined, because I can't spell worth a shit, but it didn't, and I searched and got lots of hits. But most of them were the spelling you mention. I didn't notice that when I searched the first time, that's more confirmation bias, I only noticed the ones I was looking for. And it's been too long ago and my brain has poor recall function, but if I had to bet, I'd say the books had the spelling I remembered. That would also be even more of a coincidence, 3 books in a row with the same word and all three having the rarer spelling variant. There is a god!