Saturday, December 22, 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:
Anon, adverb
1. Now; at once; soon; shortly
And here are our Christmas-ey sentences: 
        She sat in the soft, golden-brown armchair stared at the whirling flakes out her window.  The wind rushed around the crevices of the house, making a noise that was too soft to be a howl and too fierce to be a whisper. 
        Her sister called from downstairs, "Come help me wrap the presents!"
        "I'll be down anon!"  She swallowed a last sip of hot cocoa and stood, her eyes lingering on the snowy world outside.
It's really quite easy to use this one--you can just subsitute it for "soon": 
        "Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
        Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
        The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
        In hopes that St. Nicholas anon would be there..."
So it does sort of demolish the meter, but you get the idea.  And unless you run around speaking in verse, that shouldn't be a problem. 
...If you do run around speaking in verse, please contact us and we'll interview you on this blog. 

Next week's theme:  Candy


  1. Nice word! Sounds very Shakespearian :)

    1. Thanks! Shakespeare was the inspiration for this one, yes. :)

  2. Good pick! I think the word order changes, with 'anon'. I'd say "in hope that St Nicholas would be there anon" :-)