Saturday, June 8, 2013

Save-a-Word Saturday

Welcome to Save-a-Word Saturday!
Join us as we spread our love of old and unusual words by sharing them with other bloggers and thereby saving them from 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. Be a hero by using the words in your everyday life--that is how they will really be saved!  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 this week is:
wherefore, adv.
1.  why; for what reason
2.  as a result of which; for which reason

And our sentences...

"Wherefore must you fall, little sand?  And wherefore so fast?" I said, resting my chin on the desk so my eyes were level with the tiny device of wood and glass.  "And wherefore can I not keep up?" 

Next week's 

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!


  1. Now there's a "wherefore" I can relate to this morning. Like, wherefore must I rise so soon when I was so comfortable and sleepy?... Ah well, at least I have words to wake to. (:

  2. Now, I have the phrase - 'wherefore art thou, Romeo?' stuck in my head. I like your usage better :)

  3. I love this word. I really do. And yes! I was wondering where I knew it from, so thank you Tonja! I memorized that passage of the play when I was, like 14, and it's still stuck, so I'll probably be saying it all night, too!

  4. One of those flowy words I've known for quite a while. It's nice that it can be used poetically or with legal documents. I really like your writing for it. Writer’s Mark

  5. There was a glitch on blogger or something and comments aren't showing up on my blog. Sorry. I was hoping to reply to people's comments. Anyway, still loving SAWS, and wherefore doesn't even make sense for Romeo and Juliet...what was Shakespeare thinking? Unless it was some kind of existential statement like, why in the world do you exist Romeo? I suppose it could have been that. It's been awhile since my reading of the thing. Shakespeare is pretty crafty! ;)

  6. I remember a whole English class about 'wherefore' in the context of Romeo & Juliet, when I was about 13. Lovely word.

    1. Feel free to share any conclusions that were arrived at. I would be very interested to hear them.