Saturday, June 22, 2013

Save-a-Word Saturday

NOTE:  I, SUSAN, AM CURRENTLY IN OXFORD AND WILL SOON BE BACK ON THE BLOG WITH POSTS STRAIGHT FROM ENGLAND!  (I realize this may not be exciting if you already live in England or somewhere nearby.  But for us Americans....well, I find it exciting, at least.)  

Blame the caps lock on the caffeinated Earl Grey that I had.  And now, back 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:
porch swings
And our word is:
scripturient, adj., noun
1.  having a desire for writing or authorship
2.  one who has a passion for writing

And now for some sentences: 

         "You've been on that porch swing all day," said her brother, sticking his head out the front door.  "Don't you get sick of being in one place?" 
         "Oh, but I haven't been here all day," she said, looking up from a healthily frazzled stack of paper.  "I traveled far and wide, and would have even if you chained me to this swing.  The life of a scripturient can never be confined to one place for very long." 

Theme for next week...  Hm, it's about time we introduced you all to Scarf-a-Scone Saturday.  You thought our only alliteratively named Saturday event was Save-a-Word, but...we've been holding out on you.  Tyler-Rose and I (and our suitemates) have scones* and tea every Saturday.  Feel free to join us!  While saving some old words, of course! 

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!

*often courtesy of Tyler-Rose's very generous grandmother



  1. Okay, first, I am massively jealous of your being in England! Have a cuppa for me, please!!

    Fantastic word, and fantastic Scarf-A-Scone idea. Life is always in need of more tea and scones, I think! =3

  2. I LOVE scones! So jealous, but hope you're having tons of fun. Can't wait to hear about it all when you get back. . .and maybe see a couple pictures???

  3. ENGLAND! :D
    And "scripturient" is a word I'm shocked not to have happened across 'til now. Many thanks to you for putting that right!