Saturday, November 24, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday #3

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
We want to spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving these precious, wonderful, whirling words from the dusty, lonely corners of the oldest, least-visited vaults of the Word Bank.
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The rules run thusly:

1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to this one. The easiest way to do that would be to grab the code under our pretty Save-a-Word Saturday button. Just copy and paste it into the HTML part of your blog.
2. Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in your blog post. It really must be an old word, not just a big one. We are trying to save lovely archaisms, not ugly giants (for example, "Dihydrogen Monoxide" is not an acceptable choice). Luciferous Logolepsy is a great database of lovely words if you're having trouble coming up with something on your own.
3. Provide a definition of your word. Use your word in a sentence (or even a short paragraph) vaguely related to the theme we have chosen this week. You may also add visual or musical interpretations of your word or your sentence. In fact, add anything that moves your creative spirit.
4. Add your post to the linky list below (it's down there somewhere). Then hop to as many other blogs as you can in search of as many wonderful words as possible!
5. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. Do leave us a note or add something to your own post to let us all know what wonderful old word you whipped out to befuddle your friends and relations.

This week's theme is:
(For any non-Americans, read:  turkey, family, thankfulness, and general feasting.)
Our word for this week is brought to you by William Shakespeare, who may have made it up entirely:
Beslubber, verb
1. to smear; mess up; soil

The hungry little boy managed to beslubber his face, his shirt, and grandma's best tablecloth with cranberry sauce and gravy. 
(Shakespeare's sentence was a little more momentous:   "[He would make us] beslubber our garments with it and swear it was the blood of true men" (Henry IV Part I, 2.4.125).)
Have at it people!  And keep your napkins at the ready! 
PS:  Next week's theme is dark places.  (I'll be locked up somewhere writing papers, you see...)


  1. I love our word. I think that is what my brother was doing this morning. Also next week's theme. I desire a dark place.

  2. What a fun meme! And so fitting for this time of the year. LOL. Just lovely.

  3. And especially informative for the not native English speakers! :-)

  4. Great meme! Love the word too, I'm going to find a way to work it into one of my books lol