Saturday, July 20, 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 . . .cravats!  (I saw a cravat the other Jane Austen's house... Will post about that once my travel craziness is wrapped up!)  

And our word is:

tarradiddle, noun
a trivial lie

And our sentences!  

"What time is it?" asked her brother, who was red-faced from scrambling to get out the door. 

"Half past two," she said brightly.

He looked at the clock.  "It is not!  It's almost three!  What, I ask you, is the point of telling such a tarradiddle?"  Tying his cravat in the fastest, messiest knot she'd ever seen, he turned to her with wide eyes.  "Let's be off." 

*** Tyler-Rose's turn to hijack the post ***

It is definitely time for a repost of this most amazing thing.

Just so you have a few examples of excellent cravats. And excellent men wearing them. You're welcome.

*** Carry on. ***

Next week's theme:  Castles.



  1. Any video that has both Alan Rickman and the boys of Merlin gets my seal of approval. Amazing.

    Great theme!

    1. Will Scarlet has declared this his theme song of the week. XD

  2. Ah, you can never have too many cravats! :)

  3. I've actually never heard of a cravat before.