“Erinaceous” or “Scarlet’s Scorpion Struggle”

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!

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 I figure, hey, since I’ve gotten in the habit of having my vignettes all pre-written and ready to go, no reason I can’t pop over here real quick and post it for the blog-inclined to see, too!

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

The theme: Scorpions.

The word: “Erinaceous”, an adjective meaning “pertaining to a hedgehog”.

The example: “Scorpions??” Will Scarlet complains. “How in the world are we supposed to come up with an entertaining vignette based around scorpions?! Sherwood’s got nothing to do with them, the same goes for Avalon, and, so far as our author’s bothered to figure out, no one around here is a Scorpio. It’d be easier to play out a scene pertaining to a hedgehog!”

Allyn tips his head in a gesture of indifference. “I expect an erinaceous theme would present its own difficulties.”

“Rubbish,” Will declares. “A round of Wonderland croquet, a few levels of Sonic, a reading of ‘Mrs. What’s-her-name’ by Beatrix Potter… I could go all day.”

“I’m sure you could. But I’d say this conversation’s done its work, so… don’t.”

2 thoughts on ““Erinaceous” or “Scarlet’s Scorpion Struggle”

    • Frankly, I’m glad there weren’t any real scorpions lurking around; they’re too much like giant, stinging bugs for me to happily live with. I’d rather play Sonic video games than that (and my sisters can tell you what an ordeal *that* always was…).

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