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The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge: C is for Chthonic

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

My posts in the The Blogging From A to Z April Challenge are all about interesting words. Words that are weird, intriguing, poetic or just plain cool.

C is for Chthonic

Sounds like a word Lovecraft might have invented, but in fact it's considerably older than that (although obviously not as old as the Elder Gods, right?) Chthonic is an ancient Greek word meaning of, under the Earth or subterranean - particularly in relation to the spirits or gods of the underworld.

A fact I'm sure Lovecraft knew very well ...

Archaeopteryx Blunderbuss Chthonic


  1. Excellent. I really should write some more chtonic fiction.

  2. hi Simon, another great word. How did you find that?

    This is me, Duncan D. Horne, visiting you from the A-Z challenge, wishing you all the best throughout April and beyond.

    Duncan In Kuantan

  3. Great that I know what it means how do I casually work it into a conversation?

  4. Try spelling this word when inebriated! Yay! Take care

  5. Great evocative word and yes, it is very Lovecraftian to; all the more reason to enjoy the word more.

    I look forward to seeing more words.


    Lloyd of Gamebooks -

  6. Well as they say you learn something new every day and your blog taught me that something. Thank you a most enlightening post.


  7. Nice word! I could be wrong, but doesn't it also have something to do with Olympian heroes? Not sure what, it just sprung to mind!

  8. I like that word. Interesting.

  9. i'm sure he did. that's so cool, i didn't even know this word existed! :D

  10. I love words, so this one is great! I'm hoping to visit all the blogs on the A-Z Challenge in April.

  11. Deborah - You'd be great at it.

    Duncan - Just one of those words that lurks around in my head.

    Mauz - Yeah, that's the tricky bit. I'm sure you can do it.

    Old Kitty - probably best not to try; who knows what you'll summon!

    Yvonne - glad you enjoyed it!

    Stephanie - maybe I made the word up! No, I didn't - but I was tempted to ...

    Jessica - I don't know! We'll see if it's mentioned this summer ...

    Miranda - thanks!

  12. See, now I'm going to accidentally type this into a wip when I mean cathartic. Thanks ;)

  13. I have a dystopian YA where this would work perfectly! Thanks for educatin' me. :)

  14. My husband has an insane vocabulary. I wonder if I can stump him on this one...assuming I can figure out how to pronounce it.

  15. wow, that is really awesome. thanks!

  16. Tonja - hope it does!

    Pensive - thanks!

  17. Brilliant! I am looking forward to reading more of your posts as the challenge unfolds.

    I always thought that the word blunderbuss describes the operator as much as the weapon itself...cumbersome, noisy, blundering about in tussocky meadows... You've got me thinking now!

  18. Okay, now I understand where Marvel comics got the name for this character. :)

    - Lauren @Word Art

  19. Oh my, this looks like a tough one to pronounce!

    Interresting take on the challenge. I will be checking back as I can always use a random word or two for trivia!! It looks like all the words you have selected so far would be great for Balderdash too!

    Best of luck with the challenge. Luckily, the tough letters like Q and X probably lend themselves nicely to your approach!

    Alana @
    Found you through A to Z!

  20. Studying for our etymology final exam many years ago, my friend went skipping down the hall, singing "autochthonous means indigenous" over and over. And decades later, I can still hear her funny song (yes, we both aced the exam).

    I love odd words & look forward to the rest of your alphabetical musings.

    **Katy M (on the A to Z blog trek)
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