Saturday, September 14, 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:  
buttered toast. 

Our word is:

contrariety, noun.
opposition of one thing to another in nature, quality, or action; diametrical difference, repugnancy, contrariness

And our sentences are...  

She swallowed one last bite of buttered toast and sat down with her watercolors.  The contrariety of hue in the landscape promised a morning of good painting. 

Next week's theme is: pantaloons. 

(Pantaloon is a rare and old word itself--here is what the OED has to say about it:  "Men's loose breeches extending below the knee, fashionable in the period after the Restoration.") 


  1. A fine word, which naturally reminds me of the fine time to be had during your lively Twitter commentary on "Pride & Prejudice" -- thanks to which nobody in the know shall ever again undervalue the critical importance of poultry to one's happiness. X)

  2. Interesting. I'd heard of 'contrary' but I've never heard of 'contrariety' as a noun before. You learn something new every day.