"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Wednesday, 13 May 2009


The verb to sequester means to be cloistered; providing privacy or seclusion; keep separate and secluded; keep away from others.

"He sequestered himself in his study to write his blog posting".

A house that Partner-who-loves-tea and I fancied, in its quiet sequestered spot.

It should be noted that despite some dictionaries saying sequestrate means the same thing as sequester it is rarely, if ever, used in that context. Adding the extra 'at' would be pointles. Sequestrate is used instead to mean to seize assets (as the UK government did with trade union funds in the 1980's),


  1. Ha ha ha! I loved your example sentence! Isn't that truly what we do, those that blog???
    You are a funny man, even if you don't feel well!
    Here's hoping for a healthy tomorrow!

  2. Thanks Shabby Girl - "you've got to laugh" as they say.