The Word-Hoard: Danae’s Shower

September 13, 2018 Bushi 2

Danae’s shower phrase A rain of gold.   So this particular entry in our lexivault actually isn’t a dictionary word or phrase, but I came across it while reading a story by James Branch Cabell and it struck me as a wonderful little turn of phrase. Danae (there should be […]


The Word-Hoard: Aureate

September 11, 2018 Bushi 3

Aureate adj. 1. Golden or gilded. 2. Brilliant; splendid. 3. Characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.   “Aureate,” which derives from the Latin aurum, for “gold,” means just that – golden. Its definition has expanded over time to include “resplendent,” “ornate,” and the like. I’ve got to admit, […]


The Word-Hoard: Sward

September 7, 2018 Bushi 3

Sward n. 1. A portion of ground covered with grass. 2. The grassy surface of land.   Truth time – I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t know this word three years ago. The first time I came across it in a Conan story, I did a double take, wondering […]


The Word-Hoard: Jabberwocky

September 3, 2018 Bushi 4

Happy Labor Day to my fellow Americans, and happy Monday to everyone else. I originally wasn’t going to schedule a post for today, but then I realized that there are plenty of people who don’t have the day off and who might enjoy a little bit of word play. For […]

The Word-Hoard: Disport

August 31, 2018 Bushi 4

Disport v.  Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic.   n. 1. Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement.  1.1  A pastime, game, or sport.   “Disport” is an interesting change-up from the usual “amusement” words – “play,” “entertain,” “recreate,” etc. I think the key grammatical point is to remember that […]


The Word-Hoard: Sententious

August 30, 2018 Bushi 3

Sententious  adj. Trying to appear wise, intelligent, and important, in a way that is annoying.   An arrogant, annoying individual may have an inflated sense of self or present as rather egotistical. Perhaps he is bombastic, pretentious, puffed up, or even turgid. There are many ways to describe such a […]


The Word-Hoard: Tableau

August 27, 2018 Bushi 0

Tableau n. 1. A picture, as of a scene. 2. A picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene. 3. A representation of a picture, state, scene, etc., by one or more persons suitably costumed and posed.   Not an especially obscure or difficult word, but “tableau” can add a bit of welcome variety to the “scene” or “picture” you may […]

The Word-Hoard: Lapidary

August 22, 2018 Bushi 0

Lapidary: n. Someone whose job is cutting and polishing stones, especially precious stones.   adj. 1: Relating to the work of cutting and polishing stones, especially precious stones. 2: Clever but simple.   The root of “lapidary” is obvious enough to classical language scholars – lapis, the Latin word for “stone. […]

The Word-Hoard: Sybaritic

August 21, 2018 Bushi 3

Sybaritic adj. Fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent.   The Emperor , of the Emperor’s Notepad, suggested that it might be interesting to explore the origins of some of these words while we’re tossing them into the vault. “Sybaritic,” then, is an excellent starting place. Sybaris was a wealthy […]


The Word-Hoard: Unguent

August 20, 2018 Bushi 3

Unguent: n. a thick substance, usually with a pleasant smell, used to treat skin problems or make the skin soft. “Unguent” is an excellent alternative to “ointment” and “salve,” should you think either of them too mundane or overused. Whether you’re talking about the fine-smelling oils that an aristocrat might […]