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fossick

This word, uniquely from Australia and New Zealand, lends itself most generously to serious and humorous contexts.

Serious because, in its true sense, ‘to fossick’ is to dig for gold and precious stones in abandoned, deserted, remote places.

Light-hearted because we may choose to fossick for lost and mislaid items in our homes, places of work, cupboards and, without doubt, backyard sheds!

The word most likely arose from ‘fussock’, English dialect meaning ‘to fuss’.

I’m sure you’ll agree that its origin completes a glorious picture of the word.

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