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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