The word lovers and prompt writers blog hop. Here's how it goes:
1. Create a lovely blog post that links back to The Feather and The Rose blog - our host.
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 (sometimes I add it later in the day). 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.
Today's theme is: scorpions
My word today is: vair: (noun) fur, typically bluish-gray in color, obtained from a variety of squirrel, used in the 13th and 14th centuries as a trimming or lining for garments.
At the precise moment when the scorpion came out of its hole, Tryer saw the handler reaching for the woman wearing the vair earmuffs. Tryer quickly lifted the scorpion by its tail, its body and legs jerking about in a hapless attempt to sting her. With fluid motions, Tryer flung the scorpion and it landed on the handler's neck, the stinger attaching to the handler's strained neck vein.
The intense pain of the sting distracted the handler enough for Tryer to pull the vair earmuffs off the woman and sprint away to the exit spot. Right before making her way through the exit, Tryer used an exacto knife to dislodge from the muffs the hidden vials containing the microbes. Tryer looked up when a shadow fell over her.