Saturday, October 26, 2013

Save-a-Word Saturday

Exciting side note, I'm blogging from Susan's house tonight. We've finally arrived--praise the Lord!--at Fall Break and my kind, kind blog partner invited all our roommates and I to her lovely home for the long weekend.

We have spent the little time we have when we aren't doing homework making up for lost time as good consumers. In other words, many malls and shops have been visited. I must say, I LOVE seeing my clothes before I buy them. Internet shopping is just a sad, sad lottery which depressed students trapped in rural Midwestern towns are forced to endure.

Now, onwards to saving 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:  wallpaper removal.

Our word:

vetanda, pl. noun
forbidden things

And our sentences . . .

Elizabeth knelt in the corner of the room where the wallpaper was beginning to peel up from the baseboard. It seemed almost as if . . . as if there was something written there. Elizabeth reached down and peeled the edge of the crumbling paper away from the plaster to reveal what vetanda lay beneath.

Next week's theme is . . . journeys.


  1. Ooh, "vetanda" -- a cool and useful word, that. And huzzah for Fall Break! Live it up, my dears!

    1. We're trying. The homework load is putting bit of a damper on the experience.

  2. Boo to homework, but yay to a break! It's always nice to have catch-up time, if nothing else! I love the word, and that picture is a great starting place for a story.