Saturday, August 10, 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: sharks. 

Our word is:

malaise, noun 
 uneasiness; indefinable feeling of illness or discomfort

Our sentences are:

     "Come on in, Melinda. The water's fine!" Jerry called over his shoulder. He was already knee deep in the icy water.
     Melinda hovered nervously on the shore. "Is it cold?"
     "Just enough to be very bracing. Come on, you can do it. It's just the thing to cure this malaise you've been suffering from all week."
     "Are there sharks?"
     Jerry let out a bark of laughter, almost lost his footing, but caught himself before he could go tumbling over the sharp rocks on their right. "Melinda," Jerry said, "this is a mountain river. No, there are no sharks."
     "No need to sound so amused," Melinda said. "I was just checking."

Next week's theme is: lamp shades.


  1. We picked similar words this week, funny how the theme of sharks made that happen...

  2. SHARKS?! Uh Oh! Always wise to check the water first before going in...another Saturday, and yet another great word entry worthy of being saved. Keep it going!

  3. Heh, heh -- one can never be too cautious about possible wildlife situations, eh, Melinda? X)

  4. I'm glad you picked malaise. I've seen/heard it before but wouldn't have been able to define it.