Saturday, February 23, 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:
Navarch, noun
fleet-commander; navarchy, n.

Our sentence(s) are:

     Captain Edwards failed to tie his cravat yet again. He growled then yanked it off his throat, crumpled it into a ball and flung it at the mirror. "I wish to God our navarch wasn't so addicted to music," he spat. "We can't always be taking a break from the war to high off and hear his damned impromptu concerts."
     "The Admiral is, indeed, a very cultured gentleman, sir."
     Edwards glanced up at his very young, seemingly none too bright lieutenant. "There's 'cultured', Willowby, and then there's 'self-obsessed' and 'deluded' and--" Edwards clapped his mouth shut, picked up the wilted cravate and made another attempt.
three mast ship sea
Next week's theme: Unicorns


  1. I love your mini-stories :D And I think I rather like this Admiral. Great word!

  2. I am a sucker for anything on the seas, so I love this. Also, I'm rather excited for next week's theme!

  3. I'm totally into boat capitans at the moment (for my current WIP). Loved this!

  4. You could write the Patrick O'Brian spinoffs!

    1. Maybe I should read a few more of them first ;) They are firmly on my reading list this summer.

  5. Hi, I was going to grab the code, but the code reads Wednesday not Saturday...does it matter?


    1. That's just what the Save-a-Word Saturday page URL is. There was a typing mishap that day. It should still bring you to the Save-a-Word Saturday information page when you click on the badge.

    2. In other words, I checked the code before I put it up, and it's working just fine ;) Thanks for noticing though.

  6. Great picture. Drama and high attitudes on the high seas!

  7. An awesome word! Great setting on the high seas.