Saturday, January 19, 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 searcQh 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:
Fairy Tales
Flutterpated, adj
This one has explanation instead of a definition.
  • Clearly derived from flutter (to wave, flap, or toss about) and pate (head).  
  • Alleged (1894) precedent to the similar and more well-known "twitterpated," which seems to have first appeared in the Disney movie Bambi in 1942.  
  • Therefore, an adequate definition would seem to be "in a mental state characterized by flapping or tossing; disoriented." 
Our sentence(s) are:
The princess found herself flutterpated as the suitors rode off to the dragon's lair, and it had nothing to do with the iridescent fairies who flapped around her hair. 
Don't forget about our lovely Giveaway!
Save-A-Word Saturday participants are awarded extra entries.


  1. Replies
    1. Okay, in defense of the unintentional rhyme: It was originally "dragon's den," but I changed it to "lair" at the last minute. So I didn't actually read the whole sentence like that until, well, now. But...that doesn't mean it didn't happen. Lol.

  2. That's a fun word :)
    Sorry, I didn't get to it Saturday. Sometimes life gets a bit hectic.

    1. No worries! We love it when you participate, no matter when that is. :)

  3. Ooh, what a delightful idea! I love words, and I love fairy tales: This calls for my participation!
    Look for my contribution on my blog's next post day, Thursday the 24th. (: