Saturday, August 3, 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: violins.

And before we start, can I just say--WAHHHHH I MISS MY FREE OED SUBSCRIPTION.  Whether it's from my home college or Oxford itself, constant online OED access is very nice.  Especially when you unearth an old word every(other) Saturday....

Our word--not checked with the OED this week, unfortunately--is:

dint, noun
a blow struck with a sword or other weapon; also a hollow or impression created on a surface

And I would like to quote the article where I found this:--12 Old Words that Survivied by Getting Fossilized in Idioms:

        "Dint" comes from the oldest of Old English where it originally referred to a blow struck with a sword or other weapon. It came to stand for the whole idea of subduing by force, and is now fossilized in our expression "by dint of X" where X can stand for your charisma, hard work, smarts, or anything you can use to accomplish something else.  

You know when someone says something and it's so cool that you just sit there and go, "Yeah, I NEED to add that to my speech patterns." ?  Tyler-Rose does this to me sometimes--hence our sentences:

        Raining down spit on the first few rows, the conductor roared, "And you bet your battlements--!" 
        The first violinist stood up and hit him over the head with a music stand.  "I'm sorry," he said to the orchestra.  "Just one of those days, you know?"  He eyed the edge of the stage where the conductor lay toppled.  "I don't think it's a deadly dint, in any case." 

Next week's theme:  Sharks


  1. *guffaws* This sounds like the violent fantasy of a musician character of mine. ...or, I confess, like violent fantasies of my own. X) Between me and all that goes on in my head, "dint" is a word well worth knowing.

    1. Haha! Glad to add it to your vocabulary. ;)

  2. Haha...nothing quite like heading out for a quiet, relaxing evening at the orchestra, and a full scale brawl erupts.

    Another great word, worthy of being saved.