Save-A-Word Saturday,  Writing

Save-A-Word Saturday (26)

Save-a-Word Saturday

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. Use as many of the words as you can on the people in your life. 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:

And the word of the day is…

 Meretricious, adj. – Apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity

The pendant sat heavy in my palm, its gemstone the colour of darkened blood gleaming as it caught the dim light of the lower cabin.

“It’s beautiful,” Carion whispered, her chin resting upon my knee. I felt the heat of her breath across the back of my hand, and I sighed, turning the pendant over and handing it to her.

“It’s a meretricious jewel,” I said, the rusted chain slinking through my fingers as I dropped the false treasure into her waiting grip. “All that work, all those lives lost. And for what. It’s not even the real thing. That demonic woman sent us on a fool’s errand, and now we’re going to pay dearly for our stupidity.”

Carion sat back against the damp walls of the small room, and I stood, my legs burning with the desire for action.

“It’s still beautiful,” she said quietly, peering closely at the gem in her cupped hands. I turned to her,  ready to argue against such trivial observations, but when I saw her expression the words slipped back down my throat and a small piece of my anger shifted, rose up gently, and dissolved like worn paper in the sea.

So, meretricious is actually still an easy word to find, but I came across it in my reading, and had never heard it before. So I decided to share! Great word, I think!



  • Deshipley

    I've never come across "meretricious" before, either! And I second the sentiment of the comment above; you really have the knack of infusing a whole lot of story into a small snippet of scene. 🙂

  • Mere Joyce

    Well, I think the "mere" is probably what caught my attention =3

    …This was a great scene because I wrote it totally forgetting about the theme, and then I looked at the theme, and went back to try and fit the theme into the scene, and it made me look at my own scene differently and realize I didn't need to change anything! I love when scenes have their own life like that, =)

  • Colin Smith

    I have heard the word "meretricious," but it is certainly falling out of common usage, so I think it qualifies. And you do the word justice here, Mere. This is a nice, and intriguing scene, with a lot of possibilities where to go next. 🙂

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