Friday, November 30, 2012

Save-a-Word Saturday

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:
Dark Places
We found our word for this week in a book called Forgotten English by Jeffrey Kacirk.  It's quite a fun read if you're interested in old words. 
Scatches, noun
1. Originally, stilts worn from the early sixteenth to the nineteenth century when walking in filthy places

The doctor peered into the dark alley and took a sniff.  A spicy, sour stench  filled the shadows.  Sighing, he pulled his scatches out of his pack and strapped them onto his ankles.  Clear streets never smelled that strong. 

Next week's theme is...cast iron skillets.
In the mean time, we will continue journeying through the dark place that is end-of-semester crunch time.  *straps on metaphorical scatches*


  1. Scatches sounds very practical. I wish I had a pair sometimes.
    Here's my link!

  2. Ew! Sounds like a place not to visit. But scatches are a great idea! practical :)

  3. I love this meme! Sorry I don't comment every time, but know that I love reading those posts ladies :)

    1. Thanks, Eve! and thanks for always re-tweeting us :) Congrats on getting "There and Draft Again" up and running.

  4. This meme is awesome, you guys! Nerd Alert! - one of my favorite things to do every morning is check out my vocabulary app. I get so excited when there's a really cool word I've never heard. lol! So now I get really excited to visit here every Saturday and see which cool and unusual word you guys are spotlighting. :) I'm thinking we totally need to bring scatches back!

    Hope y'all are having a lovely holiday season! Thanks for stopping by, Susan!
    ~Gin @ Addicted to Words