I tell students at school to pull their britches up all the time.
Reading through this I use lots of older words and not so much the new ones.
Egads! I use almost all these words!
Um... egads is probably one of them too!
True, I was among other things an English major in college, but it's hard for me to imagine some of the terms cited in this thread are already so alien.
My grandmother used to use "d'ast" which to the archaic past participle of 'to dare' as in "D'ast (or dastn't) you do [this]." Or "You dastn't do that."
And a small dictionary I got from her had some truly non-PC definitions such as for 'quadroon' and 'octaroon'.
Fresh....used in a variety of ways: 1. To become too comfortable with a young lady, or 2. To have a smart mouth.
LOVE the word davenport...reminds me of my grandmother.
cars: bumper bar, boot, tyres, mudguards,
Higgledy pigglety (slang),frock, couch, curtains,
Supper (my mom is the only person I've heard use this instead of dinner in the last decade)
Shan't (that's a stumper in my 8th grade classroom!)
Seems everyone's gone to "lunge," which considering most of them are just chasing their horses around in a circle, they are indeed just "lunging" their horses and not "longeing" them at all. :D :D
I find I am often flummoxed these days.
I have a couch and curtains. The only word that will get my cats to come to me is "supper."
Hey, what else do you call a chest of drawers? :) A bureau?
I use britches all the time. When I have to undress a patient to work on a wound, I usually call the pants 'britches' and the underwear/depends are 'drawers' :D They all know what I mean and I like saying that. I've got more, I'm sure this thread will remind me of many.
edit to add: chesterfield for couch. And verandah for the porch. I don't know if those are still common in Canada but I learned them from my grandma, who would be 115 or so if she were still alive.
Swan, or swanee--as in "Well, I swan"--used by Southern Ladiees who did not swear lol.
Davenport or chesterfield
Piss ant, as in "quit pissantin' around and get to work".