Saturday, July 27, 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: castles. I love castles.

Our word is:

galumptious, adj.
tip-top; first-rate; superlatively good

And you can bet your battlements I will be adding that word to my functional vocabulary.

Our sentences are:

     "Why, Henry," said his uncle, still lying prone on the cold, stone floor, "that was quite the most galumptious prank I have experienced since I was a boy your age tripping guests down these castle stairs with your father."
     "Really? Really, Uncle John?" Henry's chubby face nearly glowed with pride. He stood at the bottom of the stairs, simply beaming, with a colander upturned on his head and the end of the rope that had tripped his unsuspecting uncle in his hands.
     "Really." John pulled himself to his feet and began brushing the grey dust off his dress uniform. "But you know who likes pranks even more than I do, Henry?" John asked.
    "No, who?" The boy practically vibrated with excitement.
     "Your father."
     "Are you sure?" Henry sounded a little doubtful.
     "Quite sure. He loves falling down stairs. Has since he was smaller than you."
     A smile split the little boy's face. "I caught a big toad this morning. It's still alive. Do you think daddy would like that as much as falling down stairs if I put it in his desk?"
     "I'm sure he would like it just as much." Henry scampered off in the direction of the kitchen with the colander still on his head. "Just be sure to tell him your excellent toad comes with compliments of Uncle John!" John called after his nephew's retreating figure.
     As John stood, still watching his nephew scrambling down the corridor, the clock struck eleven. John swore, sprinted out to the courtyard and dragged himself into the saddle of the tall horse that was waiting for him.
     "Do you think I can still make it?" He asked the man holding the creature's head.
     "Only just, Sir."
     John nodded and began to turn towards the gates.
     "Sir," the man stopped him. "There's something on--"
     "My uniform. I know it. And there'll be worse if it starts raining again. The ambassador will just have to cope with a few stains." With that John dug his spurs into his horse's sides and galloped out the gates of his family home as if the devil himself were at his heels.

Next week's theme: Violins



  1. Oooo, that's a great word! I'm going to use that one too :)

  2. What a fabulously awesome word! Definitely galumptious. ;) I have got to use that one in real life someday soon. Can't wait to see how people react when I do. (Well, providing I don't forget to use it anyway. Or what it means. ;)