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18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style

Snoutfair: A person with a handsome countenance 

Pussyvan: A flurry, temper

Wonder-wench: A sweetheart 

Lunting: Walking while smoking a pipe 

California widow: A married woman whose husband is away from her for any extended period 

Groak: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them 

Jirble: To pour out (a liquid) with an unsteady hand: as, he jirbles out a dram 

Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water 

Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist 

Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese 

Beef-witted: Having an inactive brain, thought to be from eating too much beef. 

Queerplungers: Cheats who throw themselves into the water in order that they may be taken up by their accomplices, who carry them to one of the houses appointed by the Humane Society for the recovery of drowned persons, where they are rewarded by the society with a guinea each, and the supposed drowned person, pretending he was driven to that extremity by great necessity, is also frequently sent away with a contribution in his pocket. 

Englishable: That which may be rendered into English 

Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects 

Bookwright: A writer of books; an author; a term of slight contempt 

Soda-squirt: One who works at a soda fountain in New Mexico 

With squirrel: Pregnant 

Zafty: A person very easily imposed upon 

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/195348/18-obsolete-words-which-should-have-never-gone-out-of-style/

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WTH??? Really.... "With squirrel"??? There is a reason these saying went out... I would so bitch-slap my DH if he said that! LOL

 
Crafty26

Asked by Crafty26 at 7:11 PM on Aug. 25, 2013 in Just for Fun

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Answers (9)
  • Wonder-wench and pussyvan are cracking me up!
    kmath

    Answer by kmath at 7:19 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • I wonder if any beef-witted wonder-wench has ever come on CM and asked if she was with squirrel or not?
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 1:28 AM on Aug. 26, 2013

  • LOL 'with squirrel' is hilarious. It does feel like a squirrel in there sometimes.

    Snoutfair sounds like the opposite of handsome, though.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 7:15 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • I think "Zafty" should be the name of the Zesty Kraft Dressing dude :p

    The rest I have never heard of. I like some of the lingo from the Roaring 20's tho. :)
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 7:14 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • It seems we have a lot of California Widows here on answers, lol
    KTElite

    Answer by KTElite at 7:48 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • I am a spermologer!
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 9:02 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • How'd you like your DH to tell someone "My wonder-wench has a pussyvan!!" Uhh, no!
    Crafty26

    Comment by Crafty26 (original poster) at 7:18 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • Those are great
    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 7:23 PM on Aug. 25, 2013

  • I like beef-witted and resistentialism!
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 9:56 PM on Aug. 25, 2013