August 30, 2018 at 08:08 #1364998
In today’s “i” there is an interesting piece by Susie Dent.
My favourite was “Flobly-mobly”.
“accismus (pronounced ‘axismus’, 1500s): the insincere refusal of something you actually really want (useful for the last chocolate éclair).
absquatulate (1800s): to leave somewhere abruptly.
clinomania (1800s): the overwhelming desire to lie down.
matutolypea [ma-tooto-lip-ea]: a state of bad-temperedness in the morning (from the Latin for ‘grief of the dawn’)
flobly-mobly (1700s): neither well nor unwell.
exisibilate: to hiss a poor performer off the stage.
forwallowed: weary from tossing and turning in bed all night.
fossick: to rummage around in a pocket or handbag looking for something.
heartspoon: the little dent at the base of the sternum.
lickspigot: the friend who always seems to show up when they hear a cork popping.
smellfeast: the friend who always pops round just as food is being served.
huffle-buffs: old, scruffy clothes that are perfect for lounging around.
mumpsimus: someone who rigidly sticks to their opinions despite being proved wrong.
nod-crafty: used for someone who nods vigorously in agreement during a conversation, when they actually have little clue what the speaker is on about.
lethologica: the inability to call to mind the right word.
penultimatum: the ultimatum before the final ultimatum (known to all parents, everywhere).
quafftide: the hour/season when it’s time for a drink.
thorough-cough: to cough and break wind at the same time.
quiddle: to waste time on trivial matters in order to avoid doing more important things.”August 30, 2018 at 08:16 #1364999
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Drone has used all of theseDon't Eat The Pie and Don't Buy The S*nAugust 30, 2018 at 08:46 #1365004
I bet he has Nathan!September 1, 2018 at 19:36 #1367737
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Drone has used all of these
I wish, what splendacious words!
I’ve come across Fossick and Quiddle but the others are new to me. Lickspigot could be a back-formation from the still-used Lickspittle (sycophant, brown-noser, toady) or vice-versa
One of the boons of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is the ability to look-up and store unusual or ill-understood words that you come across. I tend to download out-of-copyright tomes on Kindle which are very cheap or free; but it does restrict my reading to mainly Victorian and earlier works, as copyright ceases (in UK and USA) by default 70 years after the death of the author
So it’s no surprise that I’ve come across many words that have fallen out of common use. Some favourites are:
Overmorrow – the day after tomorrow
Eldritch – sinister, ghostly
Mayhap – perhaps
Tenebrous – shadowy, obscure
Hoydenish – a boisterous girl
Trull – a prostitute
Refulgent – shining brightly
Recondite – little knowledge of
Sedulous – dedicated
It was great news when C4 Racing ceased, as it did mess terribly with the time-honoured Countdown schedule, which led to much discombobulation
Susie Dent: my kind of girlSeptember 12, 2018 at 14:58 #1373713
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That gingertipster is a bit of a mumpsimusDon't Eat The Pie and Don't Buy The S*nSeptember 12, 2018 at 18:31 #1373732
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