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Save a Word Saturday 3

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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. 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.

I am still behind the trail – beginning to catch up … my word this time is halfpace: n. – dais; small landing on staircase & the theme this time was: 


Tip,tap, tip.

Shuffle shuffle shuffle.

Flup, flip, flup, flip…

Tip, tap, tip

Footsteps echoing through the chambers. Pacing up and down, now fast, now slow.

The new king, so recently a jester, now has no mirth, no joke to make about these sounds. He has been king barely a few weeks, and already his head rests uneasy.

Toss and turn, turn and toss. Call for the guard, for the sorry servant who sleeps at night at the foot of the  door to his majesty’s chamber, demand what can those sounds be ? Who is there, pacing up and down, up and down? Answer comes there none – neither guard nor servant have heard anything.

The jester king, once so merry, turns away, back to his grand, opulent bed all covered with velvet and cushions, yet sleep comes not.

Tip,tap, tip.

Shuffle shuffle shuffle.

Flup, flip, flup, flip…

Tip, tap, tip

Are you haunted, merry jester? Are you ? And do you know why ?

It seems he does not, for he moans and whimpers ‘Why, why, why? Why dost thou torment me thus, oh witless spirit, who or what art thou ?’

And answer comes there none.

Has he gone mad ? Has the weight of kingship already proved too much to bear ?

Tip,tap, tip.

Shuffle shuffle shuffle.

Flup, flip, flup, flip…

Tip, tap, tip

Now across the hall, next upon the stairs, now the half-pace, and now … outside his bedchamber … and now …about his very bed …

‘Mercy on us –‘ he shrieks – ‘cannot you hear that?’

They rush to his bedside, and peer in the shadows; the guard is joined by another, and another, and together they poke at the tapestries with their halberds without finding anything.

Oh monstrous vision indeed – if it could be seen.

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He creeps beneath his pillow and hides. Tapers and rushes are lit, and vigil-like, the guards sit about his bed.

‘Hark!’ says one to the other, after more than an hour has passed – ‘did you hear something ? ‘

‘Nothing – it was an owl, that’s all,’ says another.

They listen intently. A soft flip, flup, flip, flup of wings comes again, louder, closer. In sweeps a night-owl, circling the room… and flies out again with a mocking ‘hooooo-oooooo’….

‘She-devil!’ comes the awful scream from the bed – and the jester king points a trembling finger after the departing intruder.

He sleeps no more that night … nor the next…

Uneasy indeed lies the head that wears a crown.

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Previously: Laughter & Castles

4 responses

  1. OooOoh! I wonder what it was!

    I’m fascinated by how your writing seems to achieve humorous and spooky at the same time.

    Also, please accept my most cordial–although, to my shame, tardy–welcome to our feast of old and unusual words! *bows with flourish* You are most, most welcome any Saturday you wish to join us.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    • *curtsies low, blushing happily* Most heartily appreciative of your warm welcome – and thoroughly chuffed you find my little offerings entertaining ! It is what I strive for, after all … 😉 😀

      April 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

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