Glossary

A glossary of terms related to walking. Compiled by the community.

Glossary of walking art

There are 15 definitions in this directory beginning with the letter M.
Map
A memory of landscape or an illustrated poem.
Submitted by: Alec Finlay

marl
to stroll, meander, as in “I thought I’d marl along to see you.” And “He’s always marreling down the road somewhere.” from the Dictionary of Newfoundland English (University of Toronto Press, 1982). Many of these terms are from the 17th-century and were brought to Newfoundland with the settlers from England (the majority were from Wessex, mainly the counties of Dorset and Devon), and from Ireland (the majority were from a 30-mile radius of the city of Waterford). These terms survived here in Newfoundland after falling out of use in their original countries.
Submitted by: Marlene Creates

meander
1. Cockney music hall song-walk 'for me dear old Dutch'. 2. Two of us walking in an anything but straight line (me and ‘er).
Submitted by: Hilary Ramsden and Stuart

meandor
a walk with someone, me and ...or alone
Submitted by: Norma D Hunter / Meandors 2009 ( collection of short walks booklet)

MEMORAMBLIA
what a wayfarer brings back and lays out on a table to tell of where she has been meow IN PRAISE OF WALKING 40 'definitions' by THOMAS A. CLARK 1988
Submitted by: Elspeth Owen

Midamble
"Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself In dark woods, the right road lost.” (Dante)
Submitted by: Peter Jaeger poet and author of \'Midamble\'

Mindful Walking
A form of mindful movement. It uses the everyday activity of walking as a mindfulness practice to help you become more aware of the sensations in your body. By tuning into your environment and the sensations in your body as you walk, it can help you to focus on the present moment.
Submitted by: Kel Portman

mis-guidance
the practice of a mis-guide
Submitted by: Stephen Hodge

mis-guide
a person, book, map, etc. that frames a series of walks and points of observation and contemplation with a particular town, city or landscape - it often places the fictional, fanciful, fragile and personal on equal terms with tangible, municipal history
Submitted by: Stephen Hodge

Mooch
Loiter in a bored or listless manner.
Submitted by: Hilary Ramsden

Mooching (around)
To loiter or walk aimlessly.
Submitted by: Janette Kerr

moonlight saunter
A two-step ballroom dance from the 1930's, adapted for making progress during the cycle of a blue moon. Suitable for round-the-year gliding. Always useful in a tight corner.
Submitted by: Elspeth Owen

mosey
an unhurried (urban) walk, and “mosey over to...” to walk over and investigate something, to go and have a look, to have a gander - a mosey and a shufty alt: One of my personal favourites is ‘mosey’, which betrays my childhood watching old western movies on television. Folks would mosey on down to the saloon, or whatever. Origin unknown. I use ‘mosey’ with my dog, to suggest a shared outing whose goal is exploratory pleasure (both of us), rather than a quick pee (him). It’s a word we share and that he recognizes means some joint fun: with all my own work about walking and various associated discussions, I wanted a term that would be special for him — and not have him perking to attention at every mention of “w-a-l-k”!
Submitted by: Melissa Bliss & Kathleen Vaughan

Mynd am dro
(Welsh/Cymraeg) meaning to 'take a turn' i.e. go for a walk. Which leads me to to take a turn, as it appears in Jane Austen etc i.e. let us take a turn round the garden. Not quite the same meaning as the Welsh.
Submitted by: vcp

Mythogeography
Psychogeography with more jokes.
Submitted by: Phil Smith


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