Earlier this year I came across a list entitled, 27 Obsolete Words It’s High Time We Revived. The entries looked a little something like this:
Meaning: Tangled hair, as if matted by elves.
As in: Jeez, dude, look at the state of those elflocks — have you not heard of a comb?
Meaning: To act in a secretive manner.
As in: I’m sick of all these sneaky types, creeping around and hugger-muggering the whole time.
Meaning: A slovenly, slobbering person.
As in: Look at that sluberdegullion, sprawled on the sofa with his tongue lolling out.
Aside from the warm fuzzies I get at seeing those perfectly suited adorable little owls, the list itself appeals to the word nerd in me. I’m a stickler for words that have long gone out of fashion. I croon over the Austens and Dickens long gone, at the polite ways of saying terribly impolite things and the words that once accompanied them.
I discussed the matter in a comparable light not two years ago. I mentioned words like skullduggery, discombobulate and alohamora as words I feel deserve a bit more attention in our contemporary language repertoire. Your responses suggested I wasn’t the only word nerd feeling a little word nostalgic. You mentioned gumption, tarradiddle, absquatulate and footle. Spectacular words! Too spectacular for the Words Gone Out of Fashion shelf.
And so, let me introduce you to your end of week challenge: Check out the owl list. If nothing else, it has cute owls in funny poses. Then pick a word that tickles your fancy and start using it. Make a sentence. Make a paragraph! Go wild.
Let’s stop hugger-muggering around this footle, get off our slubberdegullion butts, comb out those elflocks and get to work.
I’d like to hear what words, either from the list or not, you’d like to see more of and show me how you’d use it.
Go on. Talk to me fellow word nerds!