“TUMBLING” is The Weekly Word – how would you use this word?

I’m fascinated by the way that words sound; when you really think about the way they roll around the tongue and the head they can seem so ‘right’ for their meaning or so ‘wrong’. I also wonder where they came from, I mean who decided that thing we sit on was going to be called a ‘chair’. Every word had to be invented by someone at some time even if they do have a root in some long forgotten language.

With the Weekly Word I like to indulge this side of myself and would like to invite you to join me too in trying out the word I selected in a sentence. I’d also be happy to receive suggestions for future Weekly Words, so go on, what’s your favourite word?

This weeks word is inspired by a comment from Joanna of http://www.lazuli-portals.com/ who said it was her favourite word of the moment.

So, I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word TUMBLING in a single sentence or a paragraph.

This weeks word is TUMBLING, it is a noun pronounced ‘tuhm-blinge’

It refers to the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles,  usually on a mat or the ground or to practice an acrobatic dance.

Examples of the word TUMBLING

  1. She lost her footing and tumbled down the stairs and hit the floor with a sickening thump.
  2. The crows flew higher and higher and then tumbled in the air in an endless game of chicken.

Origins of the word Tumbling

It originally derives from the late Middle English tomblyng and is first known between 1375–1425

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/


  1. I’ve watched a cat do that with a washing machine and it’s fascinating – they sit there for hours 🙂 Oh, and your welcome 🙂

  2. Rich!!! I guess that comes under the ‘Unusual’ category! 😉

    Linda, thank you for using the basis of our comments for your Weekly Word. To me, tumbling’ has such a roly-poly, swivelling, bouncy feel to it. Hopefully more playful and comfortable than, say, crashing or plummeting.

    “The clothes were a rapid swirl of colour as they tumbled in the machine. The cat’s head moved from side to side, watching the strange sight.”

    I was going to try to describe my cousin’s young daughter, who is a gymnast, but I don’t think I could have done her performance justice!

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