Saturday, January 5, 2013

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:
Ganch, verb

~to drop from a high place upon sharp stakes or hooks, as the Turks dropped malefactors, by way of punishment

Our (not entirely) lovely sentence(s) are:

I'm standing on the curb in the pouring rain, soaked but nevertheless excited to see the Turkish tyrant exhibit at the museum.  There's even a special display dedicated to Vlad the Impaler's ganching equipment.  Or maybe it's Genghis Khan.  Wait, he's not Turkish either. 

A car drives past and sends a puddle sloshing up to my knees.  Icy water pools in my shoes.  Then another car.  And then another.  "I will ganch you!!!!!" I yell, shaking my dripping fist as they drive away. 
Next week's theme:  Butterflies.  We can't do morbid two weeks in a row.   
Don't forget to join our Giveaway! Participating in Save-a-Word Saturday can earn you
5 extra entries!


  1. Love the turkish twist. Gives it a mysterious flare ;)

  2. Your sentences paint a perfect picture in my head :)

  3. ""I will ganch you"" I am totally going to yell this the next time I get splashed by a car. Loved it! :)

  4. Haha too cute/funny rolled all into one. Wonder how many drivers being cut off in traffic would like to "ganch" the offender--yikes!