Saturday, January 26, 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.
save-a-word saturday

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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:
Mulct, verb
1. Extract money from (someone) by fine or taxation: "no government dared propose to mulct the taxpayer for such a purpose".
2. Deprive (someone) of (money or possessions) by fraudulent means.
Our sentence(s) are:
The fishmonger looked up at the magician's smirking face, then quickly counted his fish again. He was right. There were only three where there had been five only seconds before. "I've been mulcted," he snarled.

Next week's theme: tea cups
Also, O word lovers,
forget not our Giveaway.


  1. hehehe - I have to remember that phrase. 'I've been mulcted'. Great!

  2. Mulcted sounds intense! I like it. I'm also excited for next week's theme :D

  3. Another fine word worthy of redemption. Keep 'em coming.

  4. Out of curiosity: "mulct" is a verb, and that's kind of obvious, but does it actually take an -ed ending to make it past tense? I've never heard the word, but "mulcted" sounds kind of odd.

    1. Mulcted sounds downright weird, but that is the proper form.