In his Irish Times column yesterday Diarmaid O Muirithe explained the meaning of the Ulster-Scots word bask, which he said is or was used of the weather in the Ards peninsula, and is also used in Scotland and Cumbria. It probably came to Ulster from Scotland and is used to describe a very dry day. The Scots lexicographer, Jamieson, described a bask day as 'a day distinguished by drought, accompanied with a withering wind, destructive to vegetation.' In his 1893 story, The Stickit Minister, S R Crockett referred to 'a bask blowy day in the end of March.' O Muirithe had received from Ards the phrase, 'She's as bitter as a bask apple.' This column is one of the jewels in the Irish Times every Monday.