It's been a while since I left an Altered English word on my posts, so I thought I would give one today:
Pecker - 1. courage, confidence (John Wilkinson, Leeds Dialect Glossary and Lore, London, 1924); 2. the human nose, 'down in the pecker' - in bad spirits. (Jospeph Wright, The English Dialect Dictionary, London, 1896-1905)
Used in a sentence: 1. Keep your pecker up lads.
2. "God bless you, my dearest, and as Papa [Prince Albert] says, 'Keep your pecker up,' meaning keep up your spirits." (Letter from Queen Victoria to her daughter Victoria, 1859)
So on that note, I hope you all keep your peckers up at your New Year's Eve celebrations!