Each week, The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary.
This week's word: HALCYON
In classical antiquity it was thought that a bird, identified with the kingfisher, made a nest floating in the sea and that during its breeding season at the solstice, it calmed the wind and waves. The Greek word was alkuon or halkuon. From it, we get the English halcyon (pronounced HAL-see-un) to describe a past period of idyllic happiness and peace. It is a word ripe with nostalgia, usually appearing in the phrase "halcyon days."