The ewe was yearning to yean


Yean is Verandah Magazine’s penultimate Word of the Week from AUM PR, and a good one it is too.  Originally from Middle English, ‘iyenen’ or ‘yenen’ which was from the Old English ‘geeanian’, when sheep or goats ‘yean’, they give birth to their young.  Not an easy word to drop into everyday conversation, but if you happen to know a sheep or goat farmer you can impress them with your esoteric vocabulary.



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