I’m fascinated by the way that words sound; when you really think about the way they roll around the tongue and the head they can seem so ‘right’ for their meaning or so ‘wrong’. I also wonder where they came from, I mean who decided that thing we sit on was going to be called a ‘chair’. Every word had to be invented by someone at some time even if they do have a root in some long forgotten language.
With the Weekly Word I like to indulge this side of myself and would like to invite you to join me too in trying out the word I selected in a sentence. I’d also be happy to receive suggestions for future Weekly Words, so go on, what’s your favourite word?
This weeks word is inspired by a comment from Joanna of http://www.lazuli-portals.com/ who said it was her favourite word of the moment.
So, I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word TUMBLING in a single sentence or a paragraph.
This weeks word is TUMBLING, it is a noun pronounced ‘tuhm-blinge’
Examples of the word TUMBLING
- She lost her footing and tumbled down the stairs and hit the floor with a sickening thump.
- The crows flew higher and higher and then tumbled in the air in an endless game of chicken.
Origins of the word Tumbling
It originally derives from the late Middle English tomblyng and is first known between 1375–1425
Why the Weekly Word?
The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/