Monthly Archives: August 2008

Subbing tip #5: bellwether or bellweather?

According to, this is the word that means “a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend”.

But it’s nothing to do with the way the wind is blowing. So it’s nothing to do with the weather. 

“Bellwether”: a sheep (wether: a castrated ram) with a bell around its neck that leads the flock and allows you to find it in the dark or mist. 

“Bellweather”: the word that should describe ideal conditions for campanology. If it existed…


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