Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Let's Balter Together


This cat has an amazed expression; maybe he saw me having fun baltering. I collect words like balter that are new to me and that have a nice ring to them.
Here are some of them:
telling a tarradiddle, a trifling lie, nonsense, twaddle
moire antique curtain, fabric of silk or rayon with a watery or wavelike appearance
widdershins, in a direction contrary to the natural one
louche, dubious, shady, disreputable
a nebuly coat, edged in a deeply wavy line, intended to represent clouds
ebullition of surprise, violent outpouring as of emotion
corruscation of green light, glitter, sparkle, series of small flashes or sparks
a bimble, a ramble
cruft, leftover, redundant, getting in the way
limned "the way the light limned the edges", highlighted with light or color or to depict with painting
serried branches, pressed close together, especially in rows
infrangible, cannot be broken or violated
gallimaufry, hodgepodge, jumble
marmorean, marmoreal is smooth like marble
a stoup of holy water, a basin, a pail, a cup
balter, to dance artlessly without grace but with extreme joy

A fair number of these I found while reading Proust, Anthony Trollope and British mysteries.
Many of these are older words that it would be nice to use more often.
So friends, let's remember to dance, even if it means we balter :)

23 comments:

Wanda said...

Oh my how fun his post was.....I'm so glad I like to learn....and I've learned a lot today.

Denise said...

I loved this post. baltering with you my friend.

Mari said...

This was fun! I've decided that I balter and bimble. :)

Martha's Favorites said...

Very cute and fun post! I will visit often. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love learning new words. Remembering them tomorrow is another thing.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this, Terra! I especially love my Nook because if I don't recognize a word I can tap it and get a sort of dictionary. I've learned a lot!!

Jane x

whiteangel said...

Fun finding older words not so much used today...

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a great list! I have Lewis Carroll on the brain now, though...

Mac n' Janet said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, love hearing, reading strange sounding words!

Pom Pom said...

Words are delish, I agree!
That is a funny cat photo! CUTE! I have kitten cravings.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Love your list... very interesting and I'm pinning.
Have a great weekend. Cute kitty cat.
FABBY

Crystal Mary said...

The cat certain does have expression in his face, like all animals, they speak without words. And how insightful are you!! much more so than I. xxx

sandy said...

wow funny cat! love all those words - very interesting - ....!

Stella Jones said...

Lovely, funny words. Useful for scrabble too. I enjoyed your list very much.

Art @ Home said...

These words are all great….I might use them in the classroom! ;P

Fun60 said...

What an interesting collection of words. I came across one of them when a met a gentleman who lives in Epping Forest (more about him in a future post). He used the word 'bimble' frequently. I thought he had made it up but no, there it is in your list with the same meaning.

Marie C said...

I love this collection of wonderful words! Words and word origins have always fascinated me, and I love learning new ones! Thank you for a great list. Thanks also for commenting on my Good Fences post!

Carla from The River said...

Great idea and lots of fun to use the words. :-))

Debbie said...

So fun but I must admit, I don't think I recognized any of those words!!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Fun stuff.

Ronda@islandmother said...

I like the word balter- I do that often with my toddler and now she has picked up on it and does it alone. How lovely it is to see her balter around the kitchen. Thanks for sharing these old words that add new meaning to modern life.

Patty said...

Baltering is the only way I know how. LOL

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

Love this post, some of my favourite words are curmudgeon and flabbergasted :-)