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Three Word Thursday #50

Welcome to Three Word Thursday #49. Please join us in our weekly romp as we try to rescue lost and forgotten words from the dusty halls of antiquity. If you enjoy reading my story, leave a comment then click on the names of the other players and go see how they used these bygone words. You’ll be entertained (and possibly educated) all at once.

The Words:

  • acersecomic, n. — someone whose hair has never been cut
  • uberate, v. — make plentiful or nourish
  • snilch, v. — to eye someone or something

The story in full.

From episode #49:

“So if Threfel cannot leave the cave, that means you have been inside?”

“No,” Evaard said.  “As far as I know, no man alive can claim to have entered the cave and lived to tell of it.  Threfel met me just beyond the mouth of the cave and scared me righteous.”

Chevall said, “You went there to collect gems?”

Evaard answered, “Do not hesitate to vocitate the truth.  I went there to steal.”

“So did I,” came Vernal’s voice from the darkness beyond the the willow boughs.  He pushed through and into the cave.  “I have returned with no gems, but Threfel bid me bring you this cromack and this tuber. He reached into the pouch sewn on his tunic and brought forth the tuber.

“Woodwort!” Cheval exclaimed.

Unexpected Blessings

Chevall gave the woodwort a careful snilch.  “It is perfect,” he said, looking at Vernal.  “If  Threfel let you go and gifted you with the woodwort, then like as not King deMajik knows of our mission.”

“So we can press on the Dragon Falls and cross the rope bridge?”  Evaard asked.

Chevall shrugged.  “It seems so.  They’ve not come to stop us.” He soaked the hem of his tunic with water from his drinking bladder and scrubbed the woodwart tuber.  “Boil up a mug full of water.  I am going to seep a couple of slices of this tuber in the water.  We’ll treat Fencil from within and without and hopefully he will mend more quickly.”

“Woodwart will uberate his health in no time,” Evaard said.  “But we will need bandages to bind the root to the cut and we brought no spare tunics.”

Vernal reached into one of the packs and pulled out a ball of cloth. He tossed it to Evaard.

“Real bandage!”  Evaard exclaimed.  “Where did you get this?”

Vernal said, “From the palace acersecomic after he blessed me as your page.  He put his hands upon my head and had a vision.  Afterward he handed me these bandages and told me to keep them always in my possession until you stated their need.”

“Well, well,” Cheval said, “it seems we have both woodwort and holy bandages.  Fencil may be up and running by morn!”


The 3WT #51 words will be:

Chosen from any of the 2010 3WT words to date.

Got it? Good! In that case: Your story is due on: April 15th, 2010


  1. The 2010 3WT Words:

    scaevity: unluckiness, left-handedness;
    gnathonize: to flatter; roblet: to lead astray
    incompossible: Not capable of joint existence; incompatible; inconsistent
    thropple: strangle
    harl: drag
    odynometer: used to measure pain
    brephophagist: baby eater
    sagittipotent: skilled at archery
    amarulence, n. — bitterness, spite;
    assectation , v. — act of following after something else;
    defedate, v, — to defile, to pollute
    eructate, v. — belch;
    noctambule, v. sleepwalk;
    coxcomb, n. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious
    cromack, n. a staff, stave or walking stick;
    accidie, n. sloth, tupor;
    fissiparous, adj. tending to break up into parts
    acersecomic, n. — someone whose hair has never been cut
    uberate, v. — make plentiful or nourish
    snilch, v. — to eye someone or something

  2. How convenient that Vernal as holy bandages. Good thing too. Who would have thought to ever carry those. 🙂 Hmmm and the king doesn’t know of the mission. Lucky them 🙂 Well done 🙂

    1. Thom — a clairvoyant holy man gave Vernal the bandages. Of course he brought them! And who said the King doesn’t know of the mission?

      1. Okay what I should have said he might not now. Better? And if a clairvoyant holy man gave you a giraffe let’s say are you going to carry that everywhere you go? I don’t think so.

  3. So it’s a challenge you have given us for next week then. Me thinks I have need to start now if I am ever to use all of them! Good story. I love the boiling of the tuber!

  4. I’m with OJM – I’d better start earlier this time. But boy, doesn’t the week just slip away!

    I love where the characters are now! Things seem to ratchet up a little more each time! Hope you feel better.

  5. Unless you wipe them out with dragon fire I think your crew looks to have a very long life. Maybe it’s all just a dream?

  6. You know something Quilly? If I were to see this story on a shelf in the book store, I would pass it right by, because it is just NOT my genre! BUT… because you have been creating it just a little at a time and posting it here — I’m enjoying it immensely!

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