Moulder is a word I use with an almost alarming frequency in the Autumnal months, though in my defense, mouldering is a truly beautiful descriptive that captures one of the defining essences of Autumn. The mouldering scents and sounds of fallen leaves and crumbling piles of burnt wood. Forest floors are blanketed in an almost impermeable layer of mouldering debris. The wild bounty of Summer falls away into a sweet moulder after the harvest is completed, etc.
Mouldering leaves/ Autumn’s decay/ the scent of Heaven’s fallen gateway/ Another cycle winds it’s turn/ Another season flushed and burned/ Inward bound/ Outward we gaze/ before the slumber claims our ways/ All shall bloom again in time/ Right now it decays with a blanketed sigh… ~ Ella
I have always adored the word moulder and I have always used the British spelling. I was almost surprised to discover the American way of molder as a teen, but stuck to what I consider the prettier, more poetic spelling of moulder. I also feel like moulder rolls around in the mouth better (yes, I take the mouth feel into consideration when it comes to words and moulder is a beaut! Have you ever noticed certain words feeling really wonderful to say aloud?). Do you like the word moulder?
Namaste ~ Ella
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to contact me or suggest it in the comments – I love feedback and recommendations!