As a lot of this blog is about writing, I wanted to write a regular article on my favourite forgotten words. You know the type of thing, those poor lost words that sit at the back of our minds, gathering dust, having been discovered years ago in literary classics like Dickens, or Austen. They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date! Let’s bring them back!


This month’s word is: CACHINNATE


To laugh loudly

Have you cachinnated lately? It sounds like something to do with coffee doesn’t it? It’s not. To cachinnate is to laugh loudly. I cachinnate quite a lot. I have one of those laughs that gets louder the more it goes on. I’m not a giggler and I don’t snigger. I’m definitely a loud, hooty cachinnaterer. But regardless of what your laugh is like, it’s a good word isn’t it!


When was the last time you cachinnated? Care to share the reason why? Let me know in the comments below!