On being a wordsmith

Posted 30 May, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Uncategorized | 13 Comments

I love language. I love using those big words, words that roll of the tongue and express precisely what I’m looking to say. It makes me a little sad when words depart our lexicon (usually replaced by an inane expression that won’t last beyond the next LOL). 

So, I’m going to put it out there, along with writer Carmel Lobello (who dug up these obscure words. Thank you so much, Carmel!), that we should resurrect (check out THIS ARTICLE for all eighteen of the sadly obsolete words).

These are my favorites:

WONDER-WENCH: a sweetheart.
     *Dear god, please let us resurrect this one! I feel as if I should put on a cape and run around with my  Lasso of Truth.

SNOUTFAIR: a person with a handsome countenance.
     *Now THAT would make an awesome romance title: THE SNOUTFAIR DUKE. I can just see the women swooning as he walks into the ball…

PUSSYVAN: a flurry, temper.
     *Can you imagine? “Oh, wonder-wench. Don’t let that snoutfair get you into a pussyvan!” Dear sweet baby Jesus, that’s dirty-sounding.

RESISTENTIALISM: the seemingly spiteful behavior of inanimate objects.
     *See? It IS true — those tables are out to get us. There’s even a word for it!

WITH SQUIRREL: pregnant.
     *I wouldn’t suggest using this around any pregnant women that you might happen to know or see. It would probably get you backhanded into next week. Unless you’re in the Ozarks (this expression originated there. Which is not surprising in the least.).

There. My giggle for the day shared with all my bloggy friends. 

SOURCE: “18 obsolete words, which should never have gone out of style” by Carmel Lobello. http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/195348/18-obsolete-words-which-should-have-never-gone-out-of-style/

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13 Responses to “On being a wordsmith”

  1. Oh, Mary, we totally have this in common! I’m a linguistics professor so of course I love researching old words… in my own language, naturally. My English is not good enough for such adventures. But I will definitely remember wonder-wench and pussyvan! 🙂

  2. With Squirrel!
    I’m so going to start using that!!

    I actually started putting a new word every month in my blog, this month’s is poppycock (which I used on a review).
    I like digging up the meaning of the odd words I find in old romance novels. like Milksop 😀

  3. OMG with squirrel! *plots to immediately use this in a real life sentence without getting slapped* And resistentialism is alive and well in my house, where my rugs are perpetually out to trip me (my klutziness doesn’t make this any less true).

  4. Bahaha… these are too bizarre, and therefore too awesome. Will def not be mentioning the “with squirrel” thing to my cousin, as she’s in the last month of pregnancy and is liable to get very upset. Somehow I think her husband would think it’s hilarious, though.

    Also I am grateful for the existence of “resistentialism” because I swear the pictures on the wall keep jumping out at me. (That sounds super creepy, now that I put it like this… :S)

  5. Ha! I didn’t think you could top “WONDER-WENCH,” but it’s hard to beat “WITH SQUIRREL.”

    And YES to RESISTENTIALISM! Glad I’m not the only one who thinks inanimate objects are always trying to hurt me 😉

  6. for a none-native like myself all of these sound funny. isn’t wench a cuss word actually?
    no doubt there is resistentialism. I experience it everyday with any kind of zipper.