Skip to comments.18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at deathandtaxesmag.com ...
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.
Ah, an extremely succinct way to describe a most typical Obama (or Dem) voter.
They missed my personal favourite: Bellytimber. Simply another word for FOOD.
Somehow, I imagine strange looks resulting from hearing, “The spermologer went lunging with his zaftig wonder-wench.”
That one is still is use, sort of, football widows, for instance.
wonder-wench...here I come to save the day!
It's probably okay, as long as you don't jirble too much.
reminds me of JC Penney's hitler tea kettle.
I rather miss ‘clotpole’.
Wow - so Chimpster never made the list....
Oh well,,,, Flounder and founder today seem to mean the same thing.
I remember “right” and “wrong,” from back in the day.
In Obamaland, I think the word “work” has gone out of style.
Okay, you got me there.
Democrats laugh at John Boehner behind closed doors because Boehner is such a zafty.
I used to call my ex girlfriend’s sister a “Strumpet” or “Trollop”.
I thought that a “Trollop” was a female Troll ....
“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.
They were afraid to use “niggardly”, for fear of offending...well...ICBMs (Inner City Boogey Men)
Maybe this is ths new substitute!!!
didn’t Clintoon have AstroTurf in his Ranchero?
At least he knew enough to include the comma with “which.”
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
The 19th word is missing: the “N-word”, which perfectly describes the current Administration in DC, and the Federal Government, overall.
Not a single one on the list will ever be missed.
I found this post quite ept; It left me gruntled.
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.
“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
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.
That pic reminds me, happy birthday Clint.
I did not know it was his birthday today.
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!
Two that I thought should have been immediately banned from the get-go are “Parenting” and “Quality time”.
“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.
Pussyvan, Wonder-wench, Spermologer, Queerplungers
COME ON! The author must be having us on.
You have been duly informed. Turned 83 today.
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?
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.
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 its 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. arent 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.
Spermophile is a Ground Squirrel.
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