• Paul Anthony Jones


(n.) a thunderbolt

Weather words always prove popular on Haggard Hawks, and today’s proved no exception: a dinderex is a thunderbolt.

Dinderex is a word listed in the English Dialect Dictionary (among a handful of others), which helpfully explains that dinder is nothing more than a local word for thunder once used in Exmoor, Devon and (we can presume) some of the other counties of the far southwest of English.

A dinderhead, ultimately, is a clumsy, foolhardy person—while a dinderex is quite literally a ‘thunder-axe’.


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