Lost Words – Let’s bring ’em back!


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 They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date!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!

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Katie Ginger

The first thing you need to know about me is, I like gin. Lots and lots of gin.
I live in the South East of England in a lovely little town by the sea and spend my time working, running around after my kids, walking our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit, and writing!

I love history and have a Master’s degree, but have also been lucky enough to work in various castles and museums over the years. I’ve yet to get one of them into a story though – I really must try harder!