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I'm currently reading a book called Horologicon by Mark Forsyth. It's a journey through the hours of the day, exploring words that for one reason or another have fallen out of use.

So far, my favourite has to be:

snollygoster, n. One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

I suspect our American friends might find a use for it ... [Devil]

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O, thank you, Piglet, for that absolute gem!

Sorry about the capitals, but SNOLLYGOSTER really does deserve them!

[Killing me]

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Fussbudget. As in Peanuts!

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obfuscation

The word, not the action.

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Eschew!

As in 'eschew obfuscation'....

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flummoxed

flabbergasted

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Bufflehead - Pepys uses it in his diary to describe the then Lord Mayor of London; Pepys considers that he's a few sandwiches short of a picnic (!) and the word surely deserves to be brought back into use!

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Pity he wasn't around to use it a few years ago, post-Livingstone but pre-Khan! (Although, admittedly, the "Mayor" of London isn't the "Lord Mayor").

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No, but 'BoJo the Bufflehead' is surely a most appropriate moniker for our beloved Foreign Secretary (pity he isn't permanently in Foreign Parts......).

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Bojo a bufflehead? He will be discombobulated!

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Amanuensis. I was struggling for the right word in a perfectly normal conversation the other day, and it was perfect.

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I owe La Vie en Rose an apology - she had already mentioned Horologicon way back near the beginning of page 1, and I didn't notice. Sorry about that, La Vie! [Smile]

I have trouble with:

lascivious, (of a person, manner, or gesture) feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire

To me, it should mean being over-zealous when adding cream to one's strawberries, i.e. more related to the sin of gluttony than of lust.

I might be mixing it up with luscious ... [Hot and Hormonal]

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When my brother and I behaved like SCALLYWAGS, my mother would say we gave her the OOPAZOOTICS.

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OOPAZOOTICS is perfect.

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Michigan's Native American place names: Meauwataka; Kitchi-Ta-Kipi; Topinabee.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stercus Tauri:
Amanuensis. I was struggling for the right word in a perfectly normal conversation the other day, and it was perfect.

Interestingly, Mr Al Stewart, who got a mention in rebutting Schroedinger's Cat's scurrilous accusations regarding folk music over on the unpopular opinions thread (why by golly those accusations belong), believes himself to be the only person to have
worked the word into a song.

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Petrichor, the aroma of rain on hot dry earth.

Both a good sounding word and a delightful definition.

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From the dim and distant, a couple which I believe are my own invention (in any event they became family standard):

Apachoocha An old fashioned gas holder
Glodda A kick-down motorbike stand

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Glodda sounds Welsh - plural Gloddau perhaps?

IANAWS

(I Am Not A Welsh-Speaker, so open to correction)

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It's terrible when you get gribble in your futtocks.
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Isn't there a lotion for that, though?
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Not a lotion, perhaps, but an unguent instead?

A much nicer word, and it doesn't sting...unlike embrocation when accidentally applied to broken skin...

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
Glodda sounds Welsh - plural Gloddau perhaps?

IANAWS

(I Am Not A Welsh-Speaker, so open to correction)

IJ

Could be a NW dialect pronunciation of *glodde, plural would likely be *gloddiau. Dd as th in "this", of course. Were the plural *Gloddau it would be pronounced colloquially the same as the singularthroughout Wales, although distinct in formal speech.

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quote:
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Not a lotion, perhaps, but an unguent instead?

A much nicer word, and it doesn't sting...unlike embrocation when accidentally applied to broken skin...

Definitely the latter, I feel.
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Thanks, Karl - I had a sneaking feeling that something was missing from Gloddau.

Like I said, IANAWS.

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Toolie-weeds. "They live out in the toolie-weeds."

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Moo moo'd, a while back:
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When I was in Belfast, I was the Research Assistant for Ulster Dialects, and I also taught a small class. One day I asked the students what Gaelic words they knew that were in common local use. All the examples they came up with were insults that children used on the playground. They were vague about the exact meaning of these words.
Off-topic, I concede: but back when I was teaching at a Finnish university, we had a student who went on exchange to Luimneach [that's Limerick to most of us]. One weekend a group of the exchange students went to visit Belfast, and got into a slight confrontation with someone who didn't like foreigners. Since I don't have the Gaelic myself, the following account of the dialogue has to be in the English tongue, but was uttered entirely in Gaelic: "Fuck off, bloody foreigners!" – reply. "Fuck off yourself, you bad-tempered git." But then, the student in question was rather good at languages.
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quote:
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Petrichor, the aroma of rain on hot dry earth.

Both a good sounding word and a delightful definition.

Nice to know there is a word for such a heavenly sensation.

Piffle as in the talking of.

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OK, its not the 'real' word* for the item in question, but the Welsh slang for a microwave is popty-ping which just makes me smile [Smile]


* correct word is meicrodon

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"Peely wally" yes good Scottish word. ]
You are as pale as a wally (china) dug (dog) on the mantle-piece.......one of those china dogs with a white face.

Because I was fair skinned I was always called peely-wally as a child.

What about "The great piratical rumbustification"? (was the title of a children's book our son loved many years ago.

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Can't find any of your "Welsh" words in my Welsh dictionary - even with mutations.

Could be a deriative of "glo" = coal
e.g. "glo brig" = open cast mining;
"pwll glo" = coal mine

or it could just mean a load of dross.............

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Some ordinary sounding words sound dull unless spoken in a different accent.

Take the word tatty. Prety much a meh. word.

But when spoken in a North Wales accent, which emphasised the second syllable, we get ta-TEA. A much better word/

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I'd suggest that some of these Welsh words may be "Wenglish", ie they are aren't pure Welsh, but Welsh/English hybrids.

Also you have to remember that the language has some distinct differences between North and South Wales.

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I realised too late the other day that I was showing my age when I referred to a very young female type person as a tomboy. Seems that one may no longer say that.

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quote:
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a gathering of recalcitrant plooks

Sounds like some kind of committee meeting.


I love the word inchoate

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Just came across another good one: farcical

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May I submit:

kerfuffle

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kerfuffle is good
I remember learning this from an Australian kids' movie at Saturday morning matinee at the local cinema – that must date it around 1950 [Roll Eyes]

to piffle I counter with a peffle [= a persistent dry unimpressive cough

and what about nithered? – Yorkshire dialect for freezing cold

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quote:
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Just came across another good one: farcical

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litotes We all use them but how many are aware of the correct descriptive?

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litotes We all use them but how many are aware of the correct descriptive?

I had to look that word up!
quote:
ironic understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g., you won't be sorry, meaning you'll be glad ).
Now, close to a year ago, when asked if I'd be willing to accept nomination as senior warden at my church, my response was, "I won't say no." Immediately, a motion was made (and seconded and approved) to cast a unanimous vote for me. Maybe people thought this was what I was doing. I literally meant if pressed, I'd reluctantly agree, if no one else was willing.

Note to self: Avoid this construction.

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quote:
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to piffle I counter with a peffle [= a persistent dry unimpressive cough

and what about nithered? – Yorkshire dialect for freezing cold

My mother used to say "piffle" when she was dismissing something, like I say "it's very cold out", and she says "oh piffle!".
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Has anyone suggested 'paraphernalia'?

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quote:
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Has anyone suggested 'paraphernalia'?

Literally That which a girl brings to her marriage which is not a part of her dowry and which is therefore hers alone.

Aftermath is an interesting one; literally it's what's left in the field after it has been mown. It's hardly ever used now in its original sense, but its figurative meaning is alive and well.

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Bamboozle.

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If I was the queen, and thought the Corbynistas were likely to form the net government, I would put my money out of their reach too.

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Sorry, that was meant to go in 'unpopular opinions'.

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Gallimaufry. Nothing to do with Doctor Who. It means a 'confused jumble or medley of things'.

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Coruscating - it means Sparkling or Brilliant, and not as some illiterates (especially newspaper theatre and film reviewers) seem to think, Trenchant or Biting.

It's far too good a word to be lost to ignorance!

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