A Neologist’s Request

Recently, Chris from Luna’s On Line, introduced me to a new word. She also introduced me to ‘neologist’, but that isn’t the word I’m referring to. No. The word she quoth was ‘braccaneer’.

Braccaneer? You ask. I can hear you. I can also hear you ask “what does that mean?”, and luckily for you, that is the point of this post!

Basically, a braccaneer is a modern version of the ‘pantster’, one who writes by the seat of their pants… one who writes without plotting beforehand. ‘One who improvises’ is another definition of pantster that I read whilst plotting this post, but that doesn’t make the old term sound any nicer.

Being honest, I never knew the term ‘pantster’ existed until I read Chris’s post, so I already liked the new term braccaneer although I read both at the same time. And braccaneer takes it’s origins from ‘pants’ as well, so it is a genuine word. It has an origin.

I’m a braccaneer. I have no clue where my tales are going when I start writing them… the characters seem to take over. On occasion, I do have to help them out of the situations they get themselves in… but they got themselves there in the first place! Not me. And once freed, they go off again and carry me along with them. It’s all very exciting.

Now. Braccaneers the world over are emerging. Revealing their true writing style to the world with confidence and pride. No longer do they hide behind the ‘pantster’ label, and they proclaim with gusto who they really are. I’m a braccaneer. Are you?

Oh, and a badge has been created, in two colours:

And a button:

And a definition:

And even a discreet symbol, for undercover braccaneers who would like to remain discreet:

OK. I created the badges and buttons and things, although Chris asked me to. And they are freely available to be used by anyone who would like to declare themselves a braccaneer.

(And yes, I am aware that the image is of a pen with wings, but that is a much better visual representation of a free writer than a pair of pants with wings…)

Visit Chris on the link above for more behind the creation of this new word… and possibly movement!


For One Word Sunday this week, Debbie’s theme is Vertiginous.

Now, I’m not going to lie. I had to look the word up, which, to me, is actually the opposite of what it means.


  • extremely high or steep.
  • relating to or affected by vertigo.

Can you be affected by vertigo by looking up something steep? I suppose you could, but looking down from such steep heights gives me a quick feeling of ‘ugh’!

Here are two photos from the late 1990s from the side of the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. I was leaning on a wall when these photos were taken. The wall provided a certain level of safety, although I did have a fear that I would drop the camera. I suppose that comes with being so high up (and nothing to do with being ever so slightly clumsy and accident prone…!)

Visit Debbie’s site on the link above for more takes on this week’s theme.


Debbie’s theme for One Word Sunday this week is ‘ugly’.

A random thing happened the other day. I came across a few old fridge magnets, and just stuck them onto the fridge, quite randomly as you do, to try them out. Look what happened:

I removed the extra letters to highlight the one random word (I also removed the colour to make it look more):

Stranger things have happened!

Incidentally, I’m looking into old words which are no longer in use at the moment. Did you know that ugly used to be uglike? Over time, it became uggely, and then ugly. Did it become uglier? I can’t quite decide!

Visit Debbie’s site on the link above for more takes on this week’s theme.