Vocabulary Time

It is time for more obscure words for our enjoyment. My pal Robert Avrech usually asks his readers to use the words he provides in a sentence. Not me, I want you to go and sprinkle them in comments on other blogs. Don’t forget to tell them where you received such a fine education.

If this works out, in no time at all we’ll have a roomful of Ivy Leaguers fighting to comment here. And then again, maybe not.

One more note, if you should ever find yourself using any of these words on a game show I must ask a favor. I want 10 percent of your winnings, or at least mention the name of the blog because you know that Trebek wishes that he could be part of a fine blog like The Shack.

saudade

[Port.] yearning or longing, but more than that…

Sca·tu·ri·ent
a.

[L. scaturiens, p. pr. of scaturire gush out, from scatere to bubble, gush.]
Gushing forth; full to overflowing; effusive. [R.]

A pen so scaturient and unretentive.

Walpurgisnacht

1) the eve of May Day on which witches are held to ride to an appointed rendezvous
2) something (as an event or situation) having a nightmarish quality

barlafumble

[fr. parley, call for truce + ?] Scot. obs.
a call for a truce by one who has fallen in fighting or play; a request for a time out

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