Saturday, December 29, 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:
Mammock, verb
                ~ to tear something to shreds.
Our lovely sentence(s) are:
They squared off across the kitchen.
"Get out of my way," Mary hissed.
"No," John said. "It's mine."
"Step away from my candy, or I'll--I'll--"
"You'll what?"Her little brother said with a smile.
"I'll mammock you!"
Next week's theme: rain.

Also, I just finished a book called The Marriage Plot. I should have known it would depress me when I saw that the author had won a Pulitzer. Please, for your own sake, DON'T READ IT!!!!!!!

Unless you enjoy wading through vagueness and unhappy sex in a dank Postmodern gloom, that is.


  1. I fully intend to threaten my brother with a good mammocking now. ;) And @ your recent read: sadness.

    1. It was truly aweful. If ever something needed to be mammocked . . .

  2. finding out that words i never knew about that i could be using makes me want to mammock my hair out!! :D i love coming here on saturdays!

  3. That is an excellent word. Who wouldn't need a word for tearing things to shreds? :P

    Also, I read half of The Marriage Plot and then gave up because it was depressing and also not very interesting. I'm sorry it didn't get better.

  4. I just wanted to stop in and wish you a Happy New Year :)

  5. I must participate in this meme in the future. I think it's such an awesome idea. I like your word!