Saturday, March 16, 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:
Picket Fences
helluous, adj. 
And our lovely sentences are:

Marcia settled at her kitchen table and sighed.  Her deadlines had passed, and she had passed with them. Now all she had to do was sip her cup of tea and watch the helluous blue jays vie for the seed she'd strewn near the picket fence.  

Don't forget to enter our Mystery Giveaway!  The winner will receive one of two (wonderful!) mystery gifts after specifying whether they want "pretty" or "funny."  Save-a-Word Saturday participants get extra entries, of course.

Next week's theme: Castles



  1. Sipping tea and watching blue jays sounds lovely! Very interesting word =)

  2. Helluous bluejays? Yes, I'd met one or two in my lifetime! :)

  3. A nifty word! There I was initially thinking it may have something to do with that old hot place where the evil one lurks, and rather it means something altogether different. Love this weekly feature. Keep 'em coming.