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Lost Words – Games & Hobbies…

February 29, 2016


Today’s words from concern games and hobbies. Rather enlightening as to the types of games allowed in times gone by and others that have endured!
Ascoliasm                1706 -1753
boys’ game of beating each other with gloves or leather while hopping
If you think bullies are bad today, look at brutal games of the past like ascoliasm.

Piladex                      1897 -1901
game where an inflated bag is hit with hand to keep aloft across a table
From piladex to hacky-sack, pastimes involving hitting objects are known to all ages.

Riviation                   1676 -1676
While anglers are the sort who enjoy quiet contemplation, I find riviation to be boring.

Sagittipotent          1656 -1656

having great ability in archeryThe sagittipotent hunter found himself unable to kill the beautiful white stag.

Tornatil                    1661 -1661
made with a wheel; turned on a wheel
The potter was a master of his tornatil work, but many of his pots broke during firing.

My sentence: His over protective mother tried to persuade her son not to indulge in ascoliasm or piladex fearing he may be injured. However, she would encourage riviation, his becoming sagittipotent with a bow or even learn to tornatil in creating pottery.

Can you make a sentence? 

And an extra word because it does celebrate today’s special event – Leap Year.

Bissextus   February 29th: the extra day added to the Julian calendar every fourth year (except those evenly divisible by 400) to compensate for the approximately six hours a year by which the common year of 365 days falls short of the solar year.

Quotes: This odd day was inserted after the sixth day before the kalends of March, i.e., after the 24th of February, and was not counted as an addition to the year, but as a sort of appendix. Hence the sixth of the kalends of March was called bissextus, or double sixth, which root is still retained in our word bissextile, though the day is now added at the end of February. — E. S. Burns, “History of Chronology,” The Popular Science Monthly, April, 1881 Origin Bissextus comes from the Latin term bissextus diēs meaning “intercalary day.” It was so called because the 6th day before the Calends of March (February 24th) appeared twice every leap year.

A Revolution : Tiny Homes…

February 24, 2016

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you will know I have become obsessed with tiny homes! In particular, one called Deer Run. These are the plans. I may modify it a bit but it is so well set out and I love the two porches.

The Tiny Home movement has spread all over the world and is becoming more and more popular as a cost effective way of affording a first house or indeed downsizing into a more manageable one. There are a multitude of companies making these houses so you can spend a lot of time researching the ‘perfect’ build for your purposes.

The site herewith is for a company that has endeavored for decades to make affordable homes but also esthetically pleasing and functional.

I am hoping with more active involvement from government and local councils, that these homes will become more ‘acceptable’ as living accommodation in the near future. Not only are they a smaller footprint but many have energy savings features to reduce supply and waste.

Have you discovered tiny homes yet? Do you have a favorite?

Why not share?

Lost Words of Transport…

February 22, 2016

Today’s words relate to modes of transport.


Airgonaut                1784 -1784
one who journeys through the air
Balloonists, skydivers and other airgonauts are all a little mad, if you ask me.

Montivagant         1656 -1658
wandering over hills and mountains
The montivagant hiker crossed the Alps with ease but was stymied by the Andes.

Nubivagant             1656 -1656
moving throughout or among clouds
The glider flew like a nubivagant bird before emerging out of the clouds and into view.

Quadragintireme     1799 -1799
vessel with forty rows of oars
He couldn’t have reached the battle even if he had been commanding a quadragintireme.

Rhedarious              1656 -1656
of or serving as a carriage or chariot
His fancy for rhedarious transport was seen as old-fashioned by his friends.


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My sentence:

The hot air balloon’s master enjoyed the airgonaut and nubivagant of his craft. Whilst below he spied a quadragintireme gliding through the waves, another mode of rhedarious.

Why not have a go yourself?

Writing Prompt – Stone Car…

February 20, 2016

There will be a quarterly prize for the top voted response to these weekly prompts – so make sure you comment below to enter the contest. 1000 word maximum.

stone car

Using the above image, write a short story or poem. It can be about who built it, or why or something else entirely. Up to you and your Muse to decide.

Have fun and leave your response at the bottom.

Lost Words of Displeasure…

February 17, 2016


Alabandical           1656 -1775
barbarous; stupefied from drink
His behaviour after the party was positively alabandical.

Aretaloger             1623 -1656
braggart; one who boasts about his own accomplishments
While he seemed nice at first, he turned out to be a loudmouthed aretaloger.

Crasial                  1851 -1851
ill-regulated; ill-tempered
The acrasial judge was known for her rants against younger lawyers.

Fallaciloquence      1656 -1761
deceitful speech
Your fallaciloquence, though charming, will not convince the jury to acquit.

Misqueme                    1395 -1658
to displease; to offend
If my actions misqueme you or your friends, you need only leave me alone.

Sevidical                       1656 -1656
speaking cruel and harsh words; threatening
I will not tolerate your sevidical tone and manner, you filthy peasant!

It is my privilege to share these wonderful words with you with the kind approval of Stephen at

My sentence: The alabandical man was aretaloger as he shouted crasial and sevidical words in the inn. The landlord admonished his fallaciloquence showing his obvious misqueme.


Let’s see how many of you can make up a sentence!

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