"Strumpet!" That's a good one, chemteach.
The list of archaic words I linked earlier today has some lovely ones. I found that when I was reading Ngaio Marsh's "Scales of Justice." (Great old-fashioned mystery). The English village in that one she called "Swevenings," saying it meant "dream," and I'd never heard that before.
"Sweven – A vision or a dream. “[The Queen] went in to the Sultan and assured him that their daughter had suffered during all her wedding-night from swevens and nightmare.” 1001 Nights, translated by Richard Burton."
Drayage. I worked for the Baldwin Piano Company in the 1980's and the shipping charges were still called "drayage".
The icebox thing is interesting. I'm 63 and until I was three we still had an icebox. My earliest horse memory is waiting on the front porch for the iceman who arrived in a horse drawn wagon to deliver the ice. I couldn't wait for that horse to get there. This was a small North Carolina town which was decidedly behind the times.
Strumpet reminds me of other words seldom used: tart, trollop, guttersnipe and my all time favourite in this genre, loose woman.
And bitch is a female dog, used as insult when applied to human.
Have not heard "gyp" used as human insult...or "queen" (cat) or mare. Human females may be called "fillies" not as an insult, but not mares. "Cow" is an insult but ewe and doe are seldom heard applied to humans.
Linoleum is one that is still being used even tho its really been vinyl for about 50 years or more!
Gay...meaning light-hearted, happy...isn't used anymore. I think a book titled "Our Hearts were Young and Gay" would have a whole 'nuther meaning these days!
I tell my 7th graders not to lollygaggle in the hall. Then, I have to explain what that means.
(A bunch of us in freshman English memorized Jabberwocky because we loved it so.)
I'm partial to "vignette" and "petticoat."
I am absolutely positively going to start using all of these words in my classroom next week. My 8th graders won't know what hit them. They'll be flummoxed!
Just don't call them little strumpets and you'll be fine, Glfprncs! I use the words loathe, dawdle, shirk and waggle in my classroom--there is usually a bit of confuzzling going on (I made that one up!).
Now, now.......around here "supper" is used daily. It's definitely a southern term more than anything and typically is used for the evening meal. Dinner is more of the main meal and in the south frequently meant the mid-day meal.Quote:
Originally Posted by glfprncs