Assynt again

If you had this view at the bottom of your garden, would you write poetry?
We don’t have a good native term for a mountain that just sticks up out of nowhere like this. Monadnock (named after a mountain in New Hampshire), is a truly clunky word and doesn’t sound remotely Scottish; nor does it have Scottish connections. Inselberg even less so, although as a technical word it’s exactly right. Nunatak is Greenlandic for an isolated mountain that sticks up out of the ice, but that’s about 7,000 years too late for Suilven. Why don’t we agree to use the word suilven itself? I formally put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that from this day forth we call such mountains ‘suilvens’ (n.). What’s to disagree with?

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About sunnydunny

Poet, publisher, gardener
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