Fireman emptying extinguisher into a writhing knotted dragon's throat.
The Scottish Word:


Tak that ye contermacious scowderin fiery beastie ye.

Huv the foo smeddum o my fire pit-ootery tin.

This is yer last warning. Yiv no tae scoff virgins ahn scowder guid polis sent tae protect them.

You’ll obey the laws o men ahn dragons.

Onie mair offenses ahn it’s no more coal and freedom but chains ahn dunk dowless clinkers fur farin.

You’ll no even be able tae licht a joss stick.


contermacious, contermatious: perverse, obstinate, self willed.

Take that you self willed scorching fiery animal you.

Have the full force of my fire extinguishing canister.

This is your last warning. You have got to stop eating virgins and burning good police sent to protect them.

You will obey the laws of men and dragons.

Any more offenses and there is no more coal and freedom but chains and damp feeble furnace residue for food.

You will not even be able to light a joss stick.

The Scottish Word: contermacious with its definition and its meaning illustrated and captioned with the word used in context in the Scots language and in English.

And the Dragon Replied.

Fireman gets scorched to ash by the dragon's reply.
The dragon replying to the fireman above is from my ink drawing for the 2019 Inktober prompt ‘ash’. It is a reworking of an almost identical one done for the previous day’s prompt ‘dragon’ which I used as the template for my drawing for contermacious.

Inktober is an annual artists’ thing on social media where a whole load of artists post an ink drawing a day for the month of October based on a daily prompt.

My restraints for the 2019 Inktober were to respond to each daily prompt by drawing directly onto a post-it note using Bic biro pens, white ink gel pen and one or two coloured pencils. In this case it was red and black biro, white gel and yellow and orange pencil.

You can see the 31 post-it note Inktober ink drawings – in progress – here.

Do the Dragon Maze.

Can you follow the dragon’s body through its contortion in its Celtic knot from its tail to its head?

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