Saturday, August 24, 2013

Save-a-Word Saturday and an Announcement

Sadly, this is weekend when our summer officially ends, when we return to slavery--I mean, to college and to our various responsibilities and commitments. 

The positive side of this is that Susan and I will once again live in the same time zone and can plan excellent blog things for your amusement and edification.

Classes don't resume 'till Wednesday, but the next few days will be so full of packing and flying and moving and sad farewells and happy reunions that I don't think we will have time to write anything until after we are all settled later in the week.

Once we've got our lives organized and sorted and our 35-gallon bins emptied*--sometime around next Saturday--we will be unveiling a new header and button for our blog as well as some other wonderful things. So, get excited!

Meanwhile, here's a cute British vlogger dressed as a t-rex trying to catch Krave cereal that is being launched at him out of a slingshot.

You're welcome.

Now let's save some words!

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
<a href="" target="_self"><img src="" alt="Save-a-Word Saturday" width="251" height="251" /></a>

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: Love. 

How lovely.

The word which we are so bravely saving this week is:

 papilionaceous, adj.
shaped like a butterfly.

Our sentences are:

     John fell to the ground and held the glittering emerald up to his dear Lucinda. "Dear Lucinda," said he, "I offer you this precious and papilionaceous stone as as a token of my undying affection. I chose this stone because it was almost as bright as your eyes. Be gentle with it, it is my heart."
     A smile spread slowly across Lucinda's red lips. She pushed her wire rimmed glasses up her nose and ran a hand through her tumbling brown curls. "I love it when you use words like 'papilionaceous.' It's so . . . so . . ."  A delicate shiver ran across her skin. "Come here, Tiger," she said.

And next week's theme is: dungeons. 
* When we move, most of us pack our stuff into 35-gallon# plastic bins. For some reason, it is absolutely impossible to buy moving boxes in our college town. And moving boxes are too squishable anyway. You can't stack them five high and they don't nest nearly as well.

# Can I just say how much I hate knowing exactly how many gallons of stuff I own? I own approximately 120 gallons of stuff. Total&. That's not a lot. I hate having all my lovely things reduced to The-95-Gallons-of-Stuff-I-Have-To-Pack. It's dehumanizing somehow.

& Not including the books. Duh. 


  1. Well I'm not even going to comment on your word, because that video says it all. =3

    Good luck with getting back to classes!

  2. I may perhaps love the John and Lucinda scene even more than I was meant to. XD

    Best of luck with your return to classes and pre-classes gallons of packing!

  3. Good luck moving back together and starting up class again! I bet it will be nice to be around each other again. I look forward to see the new header!

    1. It will be VERY nice. :) And you really should look forward to seeing the new header because it is GORGEOUS.

  4. At last--I'm actually participating in the blog hop. Okay, so it's not Saturday, but better late than never... :)

    All the best with getting back into classes and school life, Feather and Rose!

    1. No worries, Colin! With all that's going on, we're late to hop around and read everyone's. :)

  5. Here's wishing both of you a great, fantastic year!!! And tons of good grades :)