Archive for May 10, 2020

fleam

Another word I encountered recently in a Thurber essay is fleam. According to Wikipedia: A fleam, also flem, flew, flue, fleame, or phleam, was a handheld instrument used for bloodletting. For a great deal more on that topic, see also A Short History of the Fleam, by Kevin Goodman, who’s described as also being the […]