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    Default Old Words That Aren't Used Anymore

    This year I got a new OED American, because I didn't have one and lately, I have been having some spelling trouble. I love words and language and I have to say, modern language is a bit boring. I also picked up a regular OED and it as a lot more words that are just fun. Today I was at the used bookstore and I found a Funk and Wagnalls Concise Standard Dictionary from 1942 and learned some new old words like grimalkin and megrim. I know there isn't much use for these words in today's world, but I still like to know them.

    Does anyone else have this kind of interest? Or am I just weird?


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    love this stuff.

    less OED & more low brow:

    I am trying to say "icebox" instead of refridge, ala my grandmother/dad. Also: divan/Davenport for sofa/couch.

    along the same vein, I have vowed to refer to all mp3 players as "Walkman"


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    My 86 year old Aunt rubs off on me and sometimes; Oleo comes out, Tubware, Alltimers, I could go on all day. . .
    Strange how much you've got to know Before you know how little you know. Anonymous



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    I LOVE THE OED!!!!



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    Chiffarobe and Chest of Drawers are 2 of my favorites


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    Heard one today in conversation, britches.



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    This is probably a stupid question but...what's an OED?
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


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    Old English Dictionary?
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!



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    Oxford English Dictionary
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat


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    What was the title of that book about the writing of the first OED? Where they discovered that the best researcher was confined to an insane asylum?



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    Quote Originally Posted by skykingismybaby1 View Post
    What was the title of that book about the writing of the first OED? Where they discovered that the best researcher was confined to an insane asylum?
    I don't know but it sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.



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    Persnickety.
    Doldrums.
    Parlor (parlour) in reference to a room in your house.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skykingismybaby1 View Post
    What was the title of that book about the writing of the first OED? Where they discovered that the best researcher was confined to an insane asylum?
    The Professor and the Madman.


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    And on a slight tangent, this is fun for people who enjoy the vagaries of the English language- "Twenty-one Reasons Why English is Hard to Learn":

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...5372813&type=1



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    cockeyed is not used much anymore


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    I told my student she needed to launder her saddle pads. Mom thought that was hilarious and asked me, "Who says 'launder' in 2012? It is 'wash'!" I'm not that old....



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    Quote Originally Posted by halo View Post
    Heard one today in conversation, britches.
    Which brings to mind trousers



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    Quote Originally Posted by tradewind View Post
    cockeyed is not used much anymore
    Which brings to mind, "cockamamie."

    Crackerdog, I'm so glad you started this thread. What lovely old words everyone is bringing up!

    Yes, my parents (both passed away in 1977) said "icebox" and would tell stories of what it was like to actually have an "icebox" and how when refrigerators came in some of the old people then would unscrew the light bulb because they could not believe that it would really turn off when the door was closed.



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    What do those two words mean?

    I love words and know if I open a dictionary I will become distracted very quickly reading words and their meanings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tradewind View Post
    cockeyed is not used much anymore
    My husband uses that one all the time.


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