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 They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date!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



A small, decorative ornament or trinket.


This word immediately made me think of old ladies houses for some reason! Or maybe a Jane Austen party. I don’t know why. I think it might be to do with the decorative ornaments bit because old ladies houses are always full of bric-a-bac collected over a lifetime. You know the type of thing, porcelain shepherdesses, trinket boxes that end up with random things in them, odd glass ornaments…you can see what I mean.

And I think my brain went to Jane Austen imagining pretty Lizzy Bennett’s fanning themselves in hot stuffy ballroom’s while stern Mr Darcy’s watch on from the sidelines. (You can tell I’m a writer can’t you!)

I picked this word because it’s honestly one I don’t think I’ve ever come across before. Have you? If not, we can show off together! Try and get it into a conversation today and see your friends reactions, they’ll think you’re so clever!

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By Katie Ginger

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!