This week’s word is labascate – it’s a verb meaning to begin to fall or slip. I love that there’s a word for that moment when you’re not sure if a fall is inevitable. It’s just a second of time, and yet it has its own word.
However, despite being part of the OED’s campaign to Save The Words, I could only find it here, rather than in any major online dictionaries. It wasn’t even in a couple of large ones I checked in my local library.
Sadly I think this word is slipping from our daily language. Feel free to start using it and saving it for future generations. The Save the Words campaign encourages people to adopt a word, but their site was unavailable when I was writing this post – hopefully it’s not in danger of labascation itself.
In other news this week, I was delighted to find out that I’ve made it through the first round of the annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. My pitch for my novel “The Morning After Service” has made it through from 5,000 entries in adult fiction (there’s also a young adult category) to 1,000. In the next round the novel excerpts are assessed and entries are cut to just 250. I’ll keep you posted.
Until next time, happy reading, writing, and wordfoolery,