Words: kilter, n.
Friday 04 December 1998
The noun is invariably used in this form, as a negative rather than the good order which it denotes. Sometimes spelt kelter, its origins are obscure, apparently unconnected with the verb for hitching up a skirt. It often meant a frame, or the mechanism of a gun, and is familiar across Britain and in America, where James Russell Lowell lamented in 1883: "I must rest awhile. My brain is out of kilter."
Over here, we are made of sterner stuff: the weekend should have one back in action, that is to say in true kilter.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
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