Saturday, November 2, 2013

Two Announcements & 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.

Announcement #1:  

Before we start:  We have decided to give Save-A-Word Saturday a definite length, that being one year--and one glorious year of words it has been.  They have been strange and old and magnificent.

Since the one-year anniversary is next Saturday, we have decided to make that the finale. 
The good news:

1.  The word horde will remain (after we spend a day updating it).

2.  And there will be festivities and PRIZES to celebrate this wonderful year of words.  Definitely stay on the look out for that.


Announcement #2.......  It's Tyler-Rose's birthday!!!!!! 

 Wish her a happy one!

And save a very special word.
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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:  journeys.

Our worthy word: 

Donnybrook, noun.
a scene of uproar and disorder; a riotous or uproarious meeting; a heated argument

(Interesting note:  First usage appears to have applied to Irish patriots, who "insist[ed] on having a Donnybrook to themselves"--thank you OED.) 

And our sentences: 

        Her feet were cold, her clothes were soaked, and her pants were falling down.  Never did she wish more that she had been able to do something with that dragon other than strangle it with her belt. 
        She supposed she could have brought the belt with her, but it wasn't exactly certain that she'd killed the thing.  Detecting a dragon's pulse is one of the hardest things to do. 
        After trudging through the twilight with one hand planted firmly on her hip, she reached a pub at the hamlet's edge.  The bright little window she peered through could scarce contain the sound and warmth of the donnybrook  inside.  She found a couple coins in her rain-soaked pocket and smiled.  Sometimes it was good to stop and smell the ale.  Or--alright--more than smell it, especially on your birthday, and especially when you were supposed to be on holiday from dragon-slaying school. 


Happy birthday, my good friend.  May you slay many dragons with much flair. 

Next week's theme:  finale!  You choose a theme!  Or write about finale's, I suppose.  Or words or friendship or dragons.  Dragons are always a plus.


  1. Happy birthday, Tyler-Rose!
    And -- *snivel, sniff* -- happy upcoming anniversary, Save-a-Word Saturday. You've been a treasure.
    *cheers self by sniggering in a most immature fashion at the dragon-slayer's falling pants*

  2. The words are great but the thing I will miss is the wonderful vignettes, each so short but implying so much. Every time I read one, I find myself loving it, sorry it ended, and wishing I could have the rest of the story...

  3. Thank you, Susan. I am proud to be associated both with dragon slaying and with Donnybrook-ness.

  4. Happy belated birthday, Tyler-Rose!!! I hope you had a good one.

    I love that word. I'm going to try it out on my kids and see what their reactions are. I can' believe it's been a whole year. Although I wasn't very active the last few months, I still picked up some awesome words because of you guys. Thanks!

    And yep, dragons are always good :)