11 January 2015

new word of the day

uhtceare : Old English noun meaning pre-dawn anxiety or lying awake before dawn and worrying.


  1. Now I'm wondering how many languages have a word for that. Or if there is a word for waking up without anxiety and worry.

    Suddenly this song came to mind, although it is more about anxiety and worry coming from past experiences that undermine the present:

    "Remember the feeling as a child when you woke up and morning smiled."

    I was an anxious child and have been an anxious adult with many early morning awakenings, but this song reminded me of those morning awakenings that were otherwise.

    Thank you for a new word, Sabine. When there is a word, we know we are not alone in our experience.

  2. Actually, one translation refers to it as "a feeling of sadness before dawn". So there is room for interpretation.

  3. I have no idea how to pronounce that word which I have never heard but I surely do know what it means.

  4. Thank you for this word. I live this and never knew what to call it.