Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Ten Archaic Words We Should Revive
By OFW editor:
Published: June 28, 2013
I love this language, although the constant adding of new and stupid words is rather irritating. We’ve got so many awesome old words that have been deemed obsolete that are still wonderful words, that we should look there instead of crapping out new ones. Of course, the addition of new words is a natural part of the evolution of language, and so is the loss of old ones. But there are a few words that deserve to be saved. Here’s just a few. If we all pitch in, we can save these fantastic words from extinction. Think about the children!
Scornful or arrogantly rude. Come on, you know you want to call
A confused jumble of things. I’d rather call my house “gallimaufry” than messy. It sounds fancy. This word is also used to describe a hash made from a mix of chopped meats, but that’s not as fun.
Meaning powerful or mighty. I plan to be quite puissant, don’t you?
This is actually an ant. It comes from joining “piss” and “myre.” Piss is—well it’s piss. “Myre” means a small insect. Yes, a pismire smells like piss. So, that guy in the elevator that smells like urine? Feel free to call him a pismire.
Meaning “to gossip” or talk too much. In my day “twat” meant quite another thing, but that’s probably inappropriate here. It’s really fun to say no matter what the meaning. Come on, you twattling fool. Just try it.
Meaning “to swindle by artful deception.” This word doesn’t have to be fun to say. The meaning is so wonderful on its own.
This word means to cause a state of confusion (or make a mess) and then try to hide it (act in a secretive way). My kid hugger-muggers all the damn time.
Having trouble describing the feeling of the sun’s warmth in winter? Here’s your word.
Meaning “tinged with blood,” or “with a passion for bloodshed.” Such a pretty word, but a wicked meaning. How can you not love it?
Okay, you’re going to shit yourself when I tell you this meaning. Ever saw someone get beaten with a dried bull’s penis? Well if you do, you’ll know what to call that. Apparently, back in the day, dried bull’s penises were used for public floggings. You never want to be pizzled, I can promise you that.
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