Saturday, May 4, 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:
Our word is:
xertz, verb
to gulp something down quickly
And out sentences are:
     John xertzed his drink and watched his Aunt Editha's approach with apprehension.  It had been years since he had last seen her. He had been a boy of nine and she had seemed a towering mountain of calico disproval. Now he was near thirty and had worked successfully at St. Bartlemere's Cat Sanctuary for many years. John took another gulp of his drink.
     One summer when he had stayed at her house for a short and painful time he had tried to snatch a cookie from the jar before dinner and she had caught him. She had dragged him out into the back garden by the earlobe and showed him a little graveyard where she said she'd buried all her other little nephews who had soiled their supper by stealing cookies.
     Ever since that day, John hadn't been able to stand having his ears touched. Or even looking at cookies.
Next week's theme is: Scorpions

Just one more note, if you could please try to make sure that your LinkyList Link links to your Save-a-Word Saturday post and not just to your entire blog we would appreciate it. It makes it a little harder to put the words into the word horde when we have to go through your archives to find them. Thanks!


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    1. Hello, Susan! I just wanted to stop by with my thanks for the blog follow earlier! It looks like you and Tyler-Rose have some wonderful information on here and I appreciate your comment. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Dreaming Under the Same Moon and will stop in often. :)

  2. I wonder if this is one of those words named after the sound it makes. A too big, too fast gulp of something could easily get a "xertz" noise out of me. X)

    1. Ooh I bet it totally could be. (It doesn't really look like it's coming from any language that I know anything about...)

  3. Uh, Oh! Better leave those cookies alone, or ELSE...yikes!

    An interesting word and engaging storyline too. Hope you're excited about your pending writing conference...Happy Saturday!

  4. Good point, Deshipley, it does kind of sound like that, doesn't it?

    I love the story =)

  5. It's great when kids learn their lessons, and the lesson learned last for the rest of their lives! :)

  6. Wow, I'm glad she isn't my aunt!

  7. St. Bartlemere's Cat Sanctuary? This was hilarious and made me hungry for cookies. Yes, I'm now eating some. :)

    1. Always glad to induce cookie-eating in others. And yes...St. Bartlemere's Cat Sanctuary, indeed.

  8. ...great word, Susan. I ran across that one in a Gaiman novel once. Had to look it up before I could finish the sentence ;)