Sunday, 24 February 2013


Some eggs. You'll have to make up the relevence in your own time. 


Adjective. E19. 
[Greek autoskhediastikos, from autoskhediazein act or speak extempore, from autoskhedios personally near, off-hand]

Done on the spur of the moment, improvised.

Bam! Right ... in keeping with the spirit of autoschediastic, I'm going to write this entry completely autoschediastically (I'm not completely sure that autoschediastically is really a word, but it would not be in keeping for me to go and check it now). So what can I say about it? Umm ... well, if I ever release an album of improvised jazz numbers, I will call it 'AutoschEDDIEastic'. It's a workable pun, it contains my name, and it conveys the improvised nature of the music within. It's also evidence that autoschedism (again probably not a word, so don't use it in any thesis you're writing) doesn't always work, or at least only works for those that are good at it. 

Do you have any autoschediastic horror stories? Do tell in the comments section below.  


  1. I find I have to be autoschediastic almost every day, especially with my youngest students and the teenagers. That's horror story enough for me!

    And since we're improvising, you can take a look at this:

    It's kind of a cliche, at least in Greece, but if you haven't read it before, you might find it interesting.

  2. I didn't know his story at all! I will definitely do a post on him when an appropriate word comes up - thank you for sharing it. The next challenge is for Angela Merkel to give a speech in English using words of Germanic origin only. Now that would really be something.

    1. Yeah there's only a few hundred words of German origin in English I think. (Although all words from Anglo-Saxon are of Germanic origin.)

    2. You're the man do it, E. Speech, speech, speech! (with only Germanic words)

  3. Hi Ed,

    I was just thinking that since you're coming up to completing your first letter, that you should try and get all the 'A' entries published. I'd love to have all the defintions, and your comments and pictures in one book that you could just flick through when you want, without turning on the laptop. It could be the first volume, with 25 more to follow!

  4. Aww ... thank you Chloe! That's certainly a very encouraging suggestion. Perhaps the book form could be an expanded edition, with even more entries and notes! For now, I'll continue to work on improving the blog and building up its readership, but you've made dictionary blogger very happy today : o )