January 15th, 2011

Space Cadet

Like a Caddy, Only Different

The word of the day is "ghillie"(also spelled gillie). Ghillie, according to Wikipedia, "is a Scots term that refers to a man or a boy who acts as an attendant on a fishing, fly fishing, hunting, or deer stalking expedition, primarily in the Highlands or on a river such as the River Spey."

In the old days, there was a special ghillie whose job it was to carry the master across streams. These ghillies were called, ghillie-weetfit. This eventually evolved into a derogatory term for the attendants of a Highland chief.

You can real more about ghillies on Wikipedia's gillie page.

My search was inspired by a BBC article about flyfishing which includes a photo with the caption, "Ghillies have been asked not to keep anything they catch to conserve stocks."

Which made me think, "Ghillie, what's a ghillie?"