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18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style
Death and Taxes ^ | March 8, 2013 | Carmel Lobello

Posted on 05/31/2013 8:49:04 AM PDT by EveningStar

Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely.

Here are 18 uncommon or obsolete words that we think may have died early. We found them in two places: a book called "The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten" by Jeffrey Kacirk, and on a blog called Obsolete Word of The Day that's been out of service since 2010. Both are fantastic- you should check them out.

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KEYWORDS: english; englishlanguage; language; obsolete; obsoletewords; words
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1 posted on 05/31/2013 8:49:04 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Borges; Slings and Arrows

ping


2 posted on 05/31/2013 8:49:29 AM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar


3 posted on 05/31/2013 8:50:41 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: EveningStar
I don't want to grow up to be a queerplunger.
4 posted on 05/31/2013 8:56:25 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: EveningStar

California widow: A married woman whose husband is away from her for any extended period

In the Navy they were called West Pac[ific] widows. The West Pac widows are generally thought to cheat on their husbands while they are out on deployment.


5 posted on 05/31/2013 8:57:58 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: EveningStar
Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk
6 posted on 05/31/2013 8:59:53 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: BipolarBob
queerplunger

Ah, an extremely succinct way to describe a most typical Obama (or Dem) voter.

7 posted on 05/31/2013 9:03:03 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: EveningStar

They missed my personal favourite: Bellytimber. Simply another word for FOOD.


8 posted on 05/31/2013 9:05:14 AM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: EveningStar

Somehow, I imagine strange looks resulting from hearing, “The spermologer went lunging with his zaftig wonder-wench.”


9 posted on 05/31/2013 9:06:31 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

That one is still is use, sort of, football widows, for instance.


10 posted on 05/31/2013 9:07:45 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Don W

wonder-wench...here I come to save the day!


11 posted on 05/31/2013 9:09:54 AM PDT by k4gypsyrose
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To: EveningStar
Since the topic is usage, may I point out that the headline should be "18 obsolete words that never should have gone out of style"?
12 posted on 05/31/2013 9:12:40 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: BipolarBob
I don't want to grow up to be a queerplunger.

It's probably okay, as long as you don't jirble too much.

13 posted on 05/31/2013 9:13:39 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: EveningStar
Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects —

reminds me of JC Penney's hitler tea kettle.

14 posted on 05/31/2013 9:13:59 AM PDT by PuzzledInTX (Everything will be OK in the end. If it is not OK, then it isn't the end.)
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To: EveningStar

I rather miss ‘clotpole’.


15 posted on 05/31/2013 9:14:10 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: EveningStar

Wow - so Chimpster never made the list....


16 posted on 05/31/2013 9:14:48 AM PDT by LadyBuck (Strangeways, here we come....)
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To: EveningStar

Oh well,,,, Flounder and founder today seem to mean the same thing.


17 posted on 05/31/2013 9:16:01 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: EveningStar

I remember “right” and “wrong,” from back in the day.


18 posted on 05/31/2013 9:16:05 AM PDT by golux
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To: LadyBuck
I guess niggardly is still valid then as well.
19 posted on 05/31/2013 9:16:47 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I have sexdaily. Oops, I meant dyslexia.)
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To: EveningStar

In Obamaland, I think the word “work” has gone out of style.


20 posted on 05/31/2013 9:16:49 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: golux
I remember “right” and “wrong,” from back in the day.

Okay, you got me there.

21 posted on 05/31/2013 9:19:46 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: EveningStar
Zafty: A person very easily imposed upon.

Democrats laugh at John Boehner behind closed doors because Boehner is such a zafty.

22 posted on 05/31/2013 9:19:59 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: EveningStar

“Snoutfair?”

“Pussyvan?”


23 posted on 05/31/2013 9:20:55 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I used to call my ex girlfriend’s sister a “Strumpet” or “Trollop”.


24 posted on 05/31/2013 9:21:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I thought that a “Trollop” was a female Troll ....


25 posted on 05/31/2013 9:28:19 AM PDT by BlueLancer ("Oh, man, that's a lot of Indians!" [LTC George A. Custer, 1876, near the Little Bighorn Valley])
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To: EveningStar

“Master” was the biggest loss.

It used to be Miss/Mrs. and Master/Mr.

When Master disappeared, the system became unbalanced, and paved the way for Ms.

Now Mr. has no meaning, so it is disappearing from usage. Miss has disappeared, since it’s perceived as patronizing. Mrs. and Ms. aren’t far behind.


26 posted on 05/31/2013 9:28:24 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: BipolarBob

They were afraid to use “niggardly”, for fear of offending...well...ICBMs (Inner City Boogey Men)


27 posted on 05/31/2013 9:42:39 AM PDT by LadyBuck (Strangeways, here we come....)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Pussyvan: A flurry, temper

Maybe this is ths new substitute!!!

28 posted on 05/31/2013 9:43:58 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67

didn’t Clintoon have AstroTurf in his Ranchero?


29 posted on 05/31/2013 9:47:11 AM PDT by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: oblomov

At least he knew enough to include the comma with “which.”


30 posted on 05/31/2013 9:57:33 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: EveningStar
I use "lickspittle" as much as possible, especially when referring to the Obammunist lickspittle media.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

31 posted on 05/31/2013 9:59:19 AM PDT by wku man (Amnesty? No Way, Jose (No Se Puede!) by 10 Pound Test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTUQ8yOI2c)
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To: EveningStar

The 19th word is missing: the “N-word”, which perfectly describes the current Administration in DC, and the Federal Government, overall.


32 posted on 05/31/2013 10:01:06 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: EveningStar

Not a single one on the list will ever be missed.


33 posted on 05/31/2013 10:05:47 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: EveningStar

I found this post quite ept; It left me gruntled.


34 posted on 05/31/2013 10:07:53 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (H-O-L-D F-A-S-T)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Have you heard that "Master" is under fire in the realty world. As in Master Bedroom, Master Bath...
Some are claiming it's a racist term.
35 posted on 05/31/2013 10:09:27 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: EveningStar
"Groaking"? Some words need killin'


36 posted on 05/31/2013 10:15:07 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: oblomov; EveningStar
Since the topic is usage, may I point out that the headline should be "18 obsolete words that never should have gone out of style"?

Nope. "That" is the wrong indicative pronoun; and you cannot "never" anything (wrong word order). Our poster did not use the title given, but even the official grammar-Nazis (editors) of the source site didn't quite get it right:

18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style

Since "never" is a contraction of "not ever"," one would not usually say or write, "... which not ever should have gone ..."

Furthermore, it is not customary to begin a sentence with a numeral. Also, the comma here just takes up space and is unnecessary to transmit the thought. So a better way of putting the headline in print would be:

"Eighteen obsolete words which should never have gone out of style"

There. Fixed that.

37 posted on 05/31/2013 10:19:06 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An unofficial grammar-Nazi strikes again)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Not a single one on the list will ever be missed.”

I found a new profession:

Tyromancy - divination by cheese – the interpretation of the signs that appear as the cheese coagulates


38 posted on 05/31/2013 10:21:31 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: imardmd1

No, “that” is the restrictive.

The words that should not have gone out of style are a subclass of the words that have gone out of style.


39 posted on 05/31/2013 10:24:42 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: mylife

That pic reminds me, happy birthday Clint.


40 posted on 05/31/2013 10:28:09 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: NCC-1701

I did not know it was his birthday today.


41 posted on 05/31/2013 10:37:35 AM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I think pussyvan took on a different meaning in the 60’s. Speaking of pussies, now I know what I can call my cats when I’m eating...groaks!


42 posted on 05/31/2013 10:39:14 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Don W

Two that I thought should have been immediately banned from the get-go are “Parenting” and “Quality time”.


43 posted on 05/31/2013 10:42:02 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“In the Navy they were called West Pac[ific] widows. The West Pac widows are generally thought to cheat on their husbands while they are out on deployment.”

Living in Jacksonville Fl, I encountered one of the East Coast variety in a bar one night. She was really attractive, and very enthusiastic about kissing me after only having known me for a few minutes, (and she must have lived in Paris at some point). Not wearing a ring, she finally let it slip that her hubby had just put to sea and she was looking for a ‘friend’ to ward off loneliness. Being a practical lass she also asked if my apartment complex had a pool, thinking of her two kids. I made my exit with apologies for having to run, but I’m honest enough to admit to a little reluctance, that girl really could kiss, and was a looker to boot.


44 posted on 05/31/2013 10:42:06 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: EveningStar

Pussyvan, Wonder-wench, Spermologer, Queerplungers

COME ON! The author must be having us on.


45 posted on 05/31/2013 10:44:45 AM PDT by DManA
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To: mylife

You have been duly informed. Turned 83 today.


46 posted on 05/31/2013 10:45:08 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: EveningStar
Taking my tongue out of my cheek, there is a word which is increasingly absenting itself from the vocabularies of poorly schooled so-called "journalists," more often displaying themselves as "bloggers."

The word, seemingly becoming obsolescent, is sneaked, the past tense form of the verb "to sneak."

The poor vulgar colloquialism replacing it is the word snuck, a truly inelegant form that reminds one of other rude words ending in "-uck," with neither present nor past tense form. In the past tense, it ought to at least be expressed as "snucked."

The correct and proper past these of the verb "to sneak" is "sneaked," as mentioned.

Using the word "snuck" marks one as either rude of education, or ignorant of the use of the simplest dictionary for preparing articles fit to be printed, from the language syntax sense.

Let's have the word "sneaked" back again, eh?

47 posted on 05/31/2013 10:49:29 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An unofficial grammar-Nazi strikes again)
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To: Stevenc131
I had a similar experience at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. I was going to the NCO Leadership School and we'd hang out in the NCO club from time to time. Definitely a lonesome, quiet place except for our class mates. Well, one Friday night it was filled up with women, all looking hot and ready to party!

I asked a friend who was stationed there where did they all come from, as this wasn't normal for the past 2-3 weeks... He replied, “Oh, the Navy put out to sea this morning! These are “Fleet Widows”! His term for them.

48 posted on 05/31/2013 11:19:46 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
Exceptions:

Now Mr. has no meaning, so it is disappearing from usage.

Not in the Army. "Mr." pronounced "mister" is the preferred title of Warrant Officer or CWO. Here to stay, permanently. Still used as honorific; or in scolding, say, for a child.

Miss has disappeared, since it’s perceived as patronizing.

Not in the genteel Mid-states or South, where it is a term of respect and honor of station, whether deserved or undeserved by behavior.

Mrs. and Ms. aren’t far behind.

Oh? and what does one do with introducing a scholar or physician or cleric or magistrate or military officer and his wife? One uses the appropriate honorific coupled with "Mrs." pronounced "Missiz." And certainly "Ms." pronounced "Miss" or "Miz" for a female WO or CWO.

Just an observation, the title prefixes perhaps a little less elusive than were suggested. Master is pretty much gone though, in an egalitarian society. But not in the Marines, Army, and Air Force (which are not egalitarian), it is used vocally in addressing Senior NCOs, abbrieviated as just "M" (MSgt) in writing.

Kind of interesting thought you had, though, St.

49 posted on 05/31/2013 11:25:10 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An unofficial grammar-Nazi strikes again)
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To: Windflier

Spermophile is a Ground Squirrel.


50 posted on 05/31/2013 11:26:30 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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