Fun With Vocab: Medieval Edition

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Tim Braun
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There are not many blogs out here on the Wide World of Webs that will give you two great words for the price of one. BOGO, if you will. However, today and today only (who am I kidding – today and FOREVER since nothing ever leaves the great ether of the interwebs) I’m going to give you that pleasure. Two great words in one single sit down.

Catawampus? Nope – it’s a great word but not what I’m after.

Scallywag? Another fantastic one – another one not being discussed.mondovia

Today I’m going to bring up two words that seem to have noodled their way back into our noodles. Even if they aren’t ancient words brought back from the dead, they FEEL like they should have been said by the medieval King of Mondovia as he prepares for battle against the marauding Groths.

Word #1.


  1. To squat close to the ground; crouch. Usually used with down: hunkered down to avoid the icy wind.
  2. To take shelter, settle in, or hide out. Usually used with down: hunkered down in the cabin during the blizzard.
  3. To hold stubbornly to a position. Usually used with down: “As the White House hunkered down, G.O.P. congressional unity started

I don’t know why this word came into our world again, but like the below word it has suddenly become as vogue to hunkersay ‘hunker’ as it is to say “Let’s post a picture of another cat wearing a ballerina costume” on the aforementioned interwebs.

King of Mondovia: “Let us quickly and with all great vigor hunker down into our medieval pits of sewage to avoid the marauding hordes.”

Word #2.


  1. To move along by rolling or spinning: The bus trundled down the road.
  2. To move slowly, noisily, or clumsily: The sheep trundled through the gate into the field.

King of Mondovia: “While we dost hunker down in our medieval pits of sewage, let us gather the goats, fire them thusly amongst the Groths, and watch them trundle down into the horde.”

There are of course other definitions of trundle – this is just the usage that has become all the rage lately. Maybe it’s because I watch a lot of golf on TV (don’t judge) but the announcers are continually talking about hitting the ball in a certain spot and “watching it trundle toward the hole”. This seems to be a newly accepted thing to say, much as it’s now an accepted thing to say “Let’s post a picture of another stupid dog dressed up as Darth Vader” on the aforementioned interwebs.

Anyway, I would like to welcome these two words to the vast vocabulary of the great unwashed populace. Settle right in there, hunker and trundle, right next to rapscallion and curmudgeon and enjoy the show. You’ll only get 15 sentences of fame – then you also will be replaced. For the time being though, you’re the words that everyone is clamoring to go on about.

Now enjoy this picture I took of my gerbil Elmer celebrating Cinco de Mayo – it is posted on the interwebs if you need further reference.


  1. writerinsoul says:

    These are excellent words indeed. However, my sister and I had *trundle beds* for awhile when we were kids. One slid under the other. My sister would later comment on how “the children slept so peaceably” after being knocked senseless by the prominent wood frame at the head.

    Excellent gerbil portrait too.

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    • I never had a trundle bed. But I always wanted one – just like i always wanted one of those that pulled down from the wall. I can just see myself being slammed to the wall in the middle of the night.

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      • writerinsoul says:

        Haha! Which TV show had one of those? It was popular. (I just checked; they are called Murphy beds.)

        The trundle bed *seemed* like fun initially. Since I was younger, I got stuck with the lower bed, almost reinforcing my inferior status to my older sister. It was pretty close to the floor.

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  2.…did you go from dissecting vocabulary to a portrait of a gerbil celebrating Cinco de Mayo? How? 🙂

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  3. I am so dang disconnected from the rest of the world. Had no idea people had stopped using those words. Alackaday!

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