Saturday, December 15, 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:
Our word this week is:
Whisternefet, noun
a sharp slap
Our lovely sentence(s) are:
"You may go home now," the professor said. "Merry Christmas."
"Oh, sir . . ." Henry felt a little faint. In fact, the world was looking a tad hazy. His head was spinning. Henry collapsed in a limp heap at his professor's feet.
"Dear me," said another student who was standing by. "He appears to have fainted."
The professor looked dispassionately at the poor student passed out at his feet. "No matter. Give him a whisternefet. He'll soon come 'round."


  1. So I just got back to blogging, and I saw your awesome meme and had to join! I love your word this week. It's quite fun to say :)

  2. I'm going to have to practice saying that one tonight first. Love it!

  3. Whisternefet is my favorite word so far!

  4. Some day I'm going to have to join this! Sounds fun! Maybe this summer when school gets out :)

    My mom says the word "druthers" all the time and I like to throw it out there now and then. No one under the age of 60 knows what in the world I'm saying :)

    1. Yeah, I have no idea what druthers means... Please do join in sometime and enlighten us!!

  5. Great idea! Also love your word, and I'm joining up right now.
    (And somehow lost the apostrophe in my blog title in the linky list. I swear I'm more literate than that!)

    1. Thanks for joining in. I can't wait to see what your word is :)