“Tralatitiously” or “Swordsmanship, Kangaroos, and You”

It’s Save-a-Word Saturday! For any who need a reminder of/never knew what that means, here’s how it goes:

Save-a-Word Saturday

1) Create a post linking back to the hosts, The Feather and the Rose.

2) Pick an old word you want to save from extinction to feature in the post. (If you find yourself in want of options, Feather ‘n’ Rose recommended a site that may have some word-lovers drooling. Luciferous Logolepsy. Even its name is old and delicious!)

3) Provide a definition of your word, and use it in a sentence/short paragraph/mini story vaguely related to the particular week’s chosen theme.

4) Sign up properly on the host post’s linky list so participants can easily find each other and share their logophilistic joy.

5) Be a hero by sharing these retro words with the world!

As mentioned in a post o’ the past, I’ve been participating in the weekly fun via my Ballad of Allyn-a-Dale” Facebook page, giving myself the extra challenge/fun of relating every word I pick to my re-imagining of the Robin Hood legend (a.k.a. the magnum opus to be self-published after the completion of “The Wilderhark Tales”). But today I figure, hey, I’ve got this week’s vignette all pre-written and ready to go – no reason I can’t post it here for the blog-inclined to see!

So, without further delay, here’s my word-saving civic duty of the day.

The theme: Kangaroos.

The word: “Tralatitiously”, an adverb meaning “metaphorically; figuratively”.

The example: “Stop.” Will’s curt command came almost at once. “You did it again.”

Allyn’s face reddened in frustration and shame. “I know. I’m sorry.” He didn’t mean to keep stepping backward, but the sight of the Merry Men’s most brilliant swordsman bearing down on him, even with only a practice wooden blade, sent the skittish beginner into retreat every time.

“You need to be more aggressive,” Will told him. “Look, remember the commercial I showed you the other day? The one with the car cruising through the Australian Outback like an all-terrain boss?”

“I’m to approach you like a vehicle with relentless off-road capabilities?” Allyn guessed.

“No, forget the car. Be a kangaroo.”

“W-what?” Even understanding that the instruction was meant tralatitiously, it didn’t make even the usual low amount of Will Scarlet sense.

“Yes.” Will gave a decisive nod. “Kangaroo. That’s your mindset. Why? Because they are physically incapable of jumping backward. Sword up,” he ordered. “We’re doing this until you get it right. It’s Avalon, minstrel boy; we’ve got nothing but time.”


4 thoughts on ““Tralatitiously” or “Swordsmanship, Kangaroos, and You”

  1. Now that’s a difficult word. My eyes can’t seem to get it all in. 🙂

    Okay, I just became an elementary school kid again, and sounded it out. Great word and piece. I’ll try and be like the kangaroo in life.

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