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Welcome to the word sanctuary, where words threatened with extinction are celebrated, explored and imbued with a new contempo-relevance.

The aim of this blog is to showcase some of the unusual, antique and beautiful vocabulary which, for whatever reason, is absent from common usage. I invite you to give these words a chance by using each one of these splendid specimens in a sentence this week.

All the best in peace and wordliness!

About me:

I am a writer, traveler, literature lover and language learner.

I have always been passionate about language: exploring its subtleties and nuances and reflecting on the limits of its capacity to accurately convey the human experience.

After years of obsessive list-making, collecting new words and researching their meanings I have decided to begin a vault:  a chest of protected words.  Hope you enjoy!

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