Pithy, evocative imagery in three-legged microcosms of meaning.  Having coined the term ‘triologism’ I believe this to be the only collection of these tum-tee-tum phrases in the universe.  Updated Tuesdays … triologism day!  

Life-giving elixir

These fine-minded sisters come into an inheritance adequate to free them from having to face the economic implications of remaining...

Wave-girt land

A little old-fashioned, this 'girt', but still an unexpected way to speak of an island, focusing more on its surrounding...

Raven-like croaks

Williamson's lovingly accurate study of otters includes many examples of the playfulness of these animals, be it with each other,...

The bounteous sea

In an age of over-fishing I like these two triologisms suggesting cornucopian fish stocks. Firstly, a reference to the brightness of...

Sun-hot boulder

You can see the lamb snuggling up against the warm stone radiator. And on these sultry days of August, many...

Far-tinkling haze

I am trying to imagine, visually and aurally, a far-tinkling haze.  As a way to distance yourself from any kind...

Beam-borne planks

A poetic description of an ancient and abandoned bell tower; somehow 'beam-borne' implies flying rather than static, and I liked...

Easy-limbed stirring

I liked this description of a boat responding like a limber-limbed youth to the movement of the sea. 'Easy-limbed stirring'...

Sun-cured grasses

Somehow this evokes an image of a boundless prairie full of grazing bison. I learned from Lopez that the vast...

Sawyer-like strain

Having always associated 'sawyer' with Tom of the same name, it never occurred to me that, like many surnames, it...

Carpet-covered dias

Part of the infrastructure of a village fête celebrating the coming of age of the young squire, from where patronising...

Light-hearted crew

May your crew be ever light-hearted.

Source: Arthur Ransome, Coot Club (London: Jonathan Cape, 2009 (1934)), p. 290

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Ice-scraped gneiss

Adam Nicolson's 'love letter' to some small, remote, uninhabited Scottish islands inherited from his father, illuminates the depth and richness...

Good-humoured Syrinx

These two fine young girls manage to protect themselves from the depredations of a sleazy, tasteless monster.  I remember Leigh...

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  1. B.G. Simons

    Interesting! Your triologisms remind me of the two-word kennings in Beowulf.

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