Kenning Word Game


Kenning: a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning, e.g., oar-steed = ship. Contemporary English also contains kennings, for example: bookworm, rug rat, peace officer, cottontail, dragonfly.

In this thread, you’re invited to be a wordsmith, posting your own kennings. (Here’s a great site giving useful tips on how: I’ll start with a couple.

GRASS: earth hair

RAIN: sky tears

Now it’s your turn!


MARATHON WINNER: missile toes


LAWYER: word warrior or word wielder


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