The phrase "trailing spouse" has just blipped onto my radar.
The meaning was clear from context: the spouse without the new job that requires a relocation.
Back in the day when Dad changed jobs, Mum was just called "his wife." There was a whole wonderful company, that while intended to market services to newcomers, worked out to be a social club that welcomed ladies like Mum to the new town: Welcome Wagon. Their motto? Bloom where you are planted.
Looking back I see a lot of assumptions in that motto, but those WW ladies were awfully nice. One of them served as a reference for me when I applied for a library card. Little did she know my borrowing habits were just short of larceny, and the size of my overdue fines a source of mortification for my parents.
But I digress.
Trailing spouse was new to me.
As was the word crot.
And spirit level.
Have you come across new-to-you words or phrases lately? Do tell!