A-Z Challenge day one.


I’m something of a loganamnosist* and this month I will resurrect as many obsolete words as I can within short pieces of flash fiction.

* (n) someone with an obsession for discovering long-forgotten words.


To start us off –


Absquatulate (v) to discreetly leave a gathering or party without informing the host.

Aliment (n) food; nourishment.




Oh no! Look what I’ve done. I don’t think anyone noticed, at least I hope not.  But honestly, serving red wine at a party in a room with a white carpet is asking for trouble.  Someone’s bound to spill some.  Don’t you dare rat on me!

Actually, it looks quite pretty, almost as if it’s meant to be there.  If I drip a drop more just there, and a dribble to the right, it’ll look like a pretty rose.  Then if I accidentally drop some of that green guacamole dippy stuff and tread on it, it’ll have some leaves!   Shall I?   No one’s looking, so here goes!  

Hey, that’s great; a magnificent work of art! 

Time to grab a handful of aliment and absquatulate methinks.  Disappear like that graffiti artist that paints pictures on walls without being seen.  What’s his name?  Banksy, that’s him.

Just think, one day this carpet will be worth a fortune. The Rose: Artist unknown!


Tomorrow’s words :-

Bosky, bombinate, brannigan and bifurcate


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59 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge day one.

  1. Christine Goodnough Apr 1, 2020 / 00:25

    Say, you really have come up with some nice ones. However, I suspect your hostess will be taking some sort of castigatory action over that rose incident. 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 1, 2020 / 00:47

      I have, but usually because I’m bored! Not sure it’s a word I’ll use very often, it’s a bit clumsy – like my narrator!


  2. Haunted Wordsmith Apr 1, 2020 / 02:33

    Great job! I can imagine the reviews I would get if I used absquatulate in one of my books…although that’s something many of my characters would actually do lol.

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  3. Shweta Suresh Apr 1, 2020 / 07:27

    Ohh. That’s a pretty devious guest. And thank you for introducing me to new words. I love your theme and I’m so glad that you’re participating. 🙂

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  4. Arti Apr 1, 2020 / 09:30

    Methinks Banksy will be paying close attention to this one Keith. Cheers for the smile your post brought.

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  5. hilarymb Apr 1, 2020 / 09:44

    Hi Keith – great fun to read and think about the story and words. Delighted to see your’e using ‘bifurcate’ tomorrow after my use of the word in one of my posts … take care and enjoy the A-Z – cheers Hilary

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  6. Namratha Varadharajan Apr 1, 2020 / 10:49

    Haha. That was funny! Reminds me of my younger one. That must be how his mind thinks for all the surfaces esp the walls are filled with his elaborate artwork presently.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 1, 2020 / 11:25

      Who needs paper when you’ve got a blank wall? Thanks so much for dropping by.


  7. Keith's Ramblings Apr 1, 2020 / 11:35

    Strangely I could find two that I could use together. By the way, I have 13 Z’s in my final story! thanks so much for joining me Unishta.


  8. Frédérique Apr 1, 2020 / 12:55

    That’s fun to learn new words 😉 I will gain new English words, but I have the feeling that these words will be difficult to use… ;))

    If you want, feel free to join the totally non official A to Z Challengers Linky Party:
    AtoZ Linky party

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 1, 2020 / 16:52

      I agree with you about the word! It’s a bit clumsy. So pleased you like it Tasha.


  9. Varad Apr 1, 2020 / 15:06

    Off to a splendid start, Keith. The narrator sure is a cockalorum.

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  10. Anagha Yatin Apr 1, 2020 / 15:09

    Accidental artist aka the careless naughty guest had a great time at the cost of host. That’s a little unfair for the host!
    I loved the tale and the cover-up monologue in the mind of the guest.

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  11. soniadogra Apr 1, 2020 / 17:03

    I think I absquatulate almost every second day…I can’t tolerate late nights and nobody would let me leave otherwise!

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  12. Ira Mishra Apr 1, 2020 / 19:14

    Wow new words alongwith their usage too… Nice to learn I must say 🙂


  13. Kathe W. Apr 1, 2020 / 19:36

    You are off to a great start! is hysterically funny…and so apropos! ( there’s another A word! ) Cheers!

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  14. Nilanjana Bose Apr 1, 2020 / 20:11

    Hilarious! What with all the covid etc, I do hope no one puts bleach on the rose she made. Is it a she? It just felt like a she to me. Aliment is a dicey word – one little typo and it can turn into something quite different.

    That’s a great start to your A-Z.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 2, 2020 / 16:04

      A she – I was imaging my friend Rosey, the accident-prone young lady I’ve been writing about on my blog for the last 13 years! Thanks for your delightful comment.


  15. Stu Apr 1, 2020 / 23:49

    Oh, I am already enjoying this. I’ve left a few parties just that way. B can’t come soon enough


  16. Cheryl Wright Apr 2, 2020 / 00:11

    Would discreetly leaving be the same as sneaking out? If so, I have been an absquatulate kind of person on occassion. I don’t even know if I used the word right in the sentence, but I tried. : ) Great start to the challenge.


  17. Srivalli Apr 2, 2020 / 05:25

    Absquatulate is such a fun word. If only I can remember to spell it right!
    Wonder what the host would say. 🙂


  18. Suzy Apr 2, 2020 / 09:16

    Love the word absquatulate. There are times when I would’ve loved to absquatulate. Look forward to B.

    dropping by from the AtoZ linkup

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