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Imagedahlianut
Aug 12, 2010 1:31 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
I think it is very sad that some great words have fallen out of use. Here are but a few that I luv:

verily
persnickety
snood
drat
BALDERDASH! (I don't know why peoples use profanity when this is such a good venting word. Go ahead. Yell it out loud. I will wait...... (tap, tap, tap)...... You see, doesn't it work great?)
tis
Imagestormyla
Aug 12, 2010 10:33 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Well, I use drat many times a day. I must truly say that I probably only needed to adjust my snood in a prior incarnation. The others have never been a part of my vocabulary. OK, maybe I have used persnickety once or twice, but said person probably walked out of my life to persnick elsewhere.

The one that I have thought about and used twice in the last week was cloak room. Since no one that I know has worn a cloak in the past 100 years, I wondered why when I was a wee coat wearing person, the nuns always referred to the closet as the cloak room.

Recently I have decided that I don't care for the term of describing someone as having recently come "out of the closet". So I have decided to give this old word a new use and now employ "out of the cloak room" as perhaps a kinder, more gentle phrase.
ImageKelli
Aug 13, 2010 4:31 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
I don't know if this one has fallen by the wayside, but I might be the only person who uses the word "unseemly".
Imagenap
Aug 13, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Unseemly is a good word and can be very effective. Synonyms = unbefitting, inappropriate, improper. But nowadays, most things are no longer unseemly.

When you said cloak room, Stormy, I immediately pictured my 6th grade elementary school room.

Not a word but a phrase. "Like a broken record." I think only old people must say that. Younger people would'nt understand what that means.
ImageKelli
Aug 13, 2010 5:53 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
I have thought about that broken record thing and how puzzling it must be for kids (or anyone under about 30). Nowdays, "broken records" have to do with sports accomplishments. I suppose that some people who break sports records do go on and on about it.
Imagestormyla
Aug 13, 2010 6:09 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Would that have possibly morphed to broken vinyl??

Sometimes I slip and call the fridge an ice box.

Kelli, I have used unseemly fairly often. Of course the present generation doesn't consider many things to be unseemly, so why would they even want to know that word? An obsolete one for sure.

When my mother wanted us to scram, she would tell us to "take a powder". I never knew where the term came from until I saw one of the old Thin Man movies and realized just how old an expression it was.
ImageKelli
Aug 13, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
I don't know if this is old, or regional, or what, but my grandma said "doo-flicky", so I say doo-flicky. I've heard "doo-hicky" many times, but never doo-flicky.
ImagePoochella
Aug 13, 2010 10:23 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
These are great!
verily- "Yea, verily" is in use a lot here.
persnickety "Persnicketyness" is found a lot here.
snood ????? I have no idea what this is. Did I miss a comic strip or tv show? Would you need a Kleenex to tidy up snood? or psychotherapy?
drat - Usually, whatever I'm dratting, demands a stronger verbal thingy; like... BALDERDASH, only I add POPPYCOCK to add more emphasis and dratfulness.

I love your appreciation of words and creative, dahlianutful language. The one word that is so overused today and unseemly, seems to me, is "amazing." Everything in the world now is 'amazing, right down to a lunch at McDonald's and baby's dirty diaper. When something really, truly amazing is experienced, how do you then describe that?

Imagestormyla
Aug 13, 2010 11:44 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Kelli, Never heard anyone say doo-flicky.

Completely missed tis. I suppose one does hear and use tis sometimes. It does sound like English used in olden times and not contemporary language. I think of it as poetic and Elizabethan. Shakespeare comes to mind

tis is actually a contraction and properly requires the use of a preceding apostrophe. It is a contraction of
it and is.

'tis......'twas.......'twill

My grandmother was born in Ireland and used 'tis constantly. I have often heard recently immigrated Irish people use 'tis. I believe that 'tis is still a part of their everyday English usage. When they use it, often it's in a sentence where there is another form of the verb.

'tis thinking of you, I am.
'twas a lovely evening, was it not?
'twill be delightful to see them, won't it?


Poochella, you started me thinking there. I have seen verily written quite a bit, especially when reading the New York Times Magazine. I don't believe that I have ever heard it spoken. If one has a love of the English language, there is no better publication to read than the New York Time Magazine. The writers are superb wordsmiths. Not only are the articles very interesting, but the sheer beauty of the language is indeed truly amazing.

In the years before online dictionaries, I often kept my Webster's handy on Sunday mornings and usually had a list of 20 or 30 new words before I finished half of the articles.


ImageKelli
Aug 14, 2010 9:58 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
Quoting:Kelli, Never heard anyone say doo-flicky

Maybe my grandma made it up. I don't know. Maybe she thought that "hicky" was unseemly.
Imagestormyla
Aug 14, 2010 10:01 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious! I think they are. Hilarious!
ImageKelli
Aug 14, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
Definitely! Hilarious!
Imagestormyla
Aug 14, 2010 10:09 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
With the popularity of all of the vampire books and movies they are probably enjoying a resurgence in popularity too. Blinking
ImagePoochella
Aug 14, 2010 1:50 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
LOL doo hickey/flickey.
Stormy the British, Irish, Scottish lilt in language and those 'twills, 'twas-es, and 'tis-es are enchanting to me. We really enjoyed listening to our elderly Scottish neighbor years ago who not only was as cute as a bug, but whose speech was just fascinating. She said "em" instead of our "um" and 'aye' instead of yes. Nice crisp accent.

Good tip on the work of the wordsmiths (that alone, is a great word!) Is that a glossy separately published magazine, or a Sunday NY Times newspaper magazine?

Back out to water where 'twill be wilting in the heat Sticking tongue out
Imagestormyla
Aug 14, 2010 3:22 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Poochella, 'twouldn't be a good thing at all!

The New York Time Magazine is a Sunday supplement that comes inside of the Sunday edition of the paper. If you've never received the Sunday NYT in the mail, be forewarned that even with all of the local advertising stuffers removed, it is hugh. It used to take me the entire week to read it. There were a number of sections that I never read.

I eventually felt guilty over the tree killing as unread sections would pile up and I cancelled my subscription. It is however available online and enthusiasts the world over have regular competitions involving their famous crossword puzzles.

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/magazine/

I love listening to Scottish accents too. The Welsh ones drive me a bit crazy. LOL
Imagedaylily
Aug 15, 2010 8:32 AM CST
There are a few words that I am glad are not used any more. Around here, it used to be popular to say "use guys" - not sure how it would be spelled correctly.. youse guys? meaning you guys. And, the one I hate that my Mom still says " here, take this it's your'un" which sounds like urine.... how embarrassing when my friends hear her say that one! She is from just on the edge of the Appalachia Mts. here in Ohio. She has some strange sayings. Like, raining so hard it would split a robin in two....
Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 10:35 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Lol Juli, Youse guys is alive and well here in the South Philadelphia neighborhoods. Think "Rocky".

We still call everyone "Guys" no matter what the gender. We never went to y'all. It's you guys, or often just guys if addressing them more familiarly. i've never heard the you'un one. Must only be on the other side of "them hills".
Imagedaylily
Aug 15, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Stormy - you'un would not be so bad... she says your'un .... say it out loud....
Thumbs down
Imagestormyla
Aug 15, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL, I missed that on the second go round.

Now i don't think I should have written "'twouldn't". It's not correct to use two contractions in one word is it?

ImageKelli
Aug 15, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California, USDA 10, Sunset 19
Where summer is winter
Regarding the gender neutral "guys", it might be a PA thing. We always said that and never thought anything about it, until female. friends in college from out of state game we a strange look. A manager at work, who was from PA, always referred to DH and I collectively as "guys".

My grandma (not the doo-flicky one, the other one) used to say darr-sent. I am spelling that phoetically. It means dare not, as in, "You darr-sent run out into the street." She also said "wrench" instead of rinse.

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