Word for Wednesday: Abditory

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Do you have a hiding place? Somewhere nobody would think to look, where you know your most prized possessions would be secret and safe? Let us introduce you to a word that has been kept rather… secret.

An ‘abditory’ is a hiding place: derived from the Latin ‘abdo’ meaning ‘to hide’. The word has always been a bit of a rarity and strangely enough is enjoying more popularity than ever in works of fiction to create an air of the unknown.

One classic example of an abditory is a loose floorboard under your bed. Perhaps this is too obvious to earn status as an abditory… it was, however, good enough for the most famous young wizard of all time!

Hugh MacDermott

05 Aug 2015
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