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 They are the spices of the literary world, but I refuse to let them sit in a cupboard and be ignored until they go out of date!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



Foolish talk; nonsense.

A blatherskite is a person who talks nonsense or speaks foolishly and without meaning. It’s the type of word I imagine pirates using for some reason, not quite sure why but I feel it should be followed by an ‘arrgh, m’hearties.’ Or it’s the type of word 18th century politicians might use when shouting at each other in parliament. Either way, it’s one I think we’re going to struggle to get into everyday conversation without people looking at you like you’ve gone slightly mad. If you do manage it, I’d love to know how!

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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!