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White Dragon

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Words you think should make a comeback
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:55:33 PM »
We often have threads where we come up with words that we feel should be retired with extreme prejudice, but we never talk about the classics, words that should really make a comeback.

As I was driving home the other day, the phrase la donna mobile came to mind.
I was trying to remember what it meant and the best interpretation I could come with was the lady is inconstant in her affections.

It occurred to me then that "inconstant" is a classic word and it's kind of cool. I think it needs to make a comeback!

What other lost paragons of vocabulary are you pining for?

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 03:30:29 PM »
Feckless (lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible)

The Sweetie was describing an ex to me, and I said "She sounds really feckless."  The Sweetie hadn't heard the word, but looked it up and agreed that's exactly what Ex is.

We now describe admirably responsible people as "feckfull."


ETA that Google tells me "feckless" come via Scotland and is related to "not-effectual."
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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 03:30:42 PM »
I taught my 3-year-old the phrase "the cat's pajamas" the other day.
I don't think it stuck, but it was great while it lasted  ;)

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 04:13:58 PM »
HYZIOMA
It's a bruise you sustain while throwing a temper tantrum.
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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 09:46:26 PM »
HYZIOMA
It's a bruise you sustain while throwing a temper tantrum.

Oh! I totally want to adopt that word!

Is it pronounced high-zee-oh-ma? Kinda like hematoma?

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 11:00:30 PM »
HYZIOMA
It's a bruise you sustain while throwing a temper tantrum.

Oh! I totally want to adopt that word!

Is it pronounced high-zee-oh-ma? Kinda like hematoma?
That would be my take on it. :)
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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 11:25:41 PM »
I nominate most of the substitutions for swear words on this site :-P  ("CRIVINS!" in particular!)

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 11:37:57 PM »
Apparently I'm the only person left who regularly says "grody". I've had several people exclaim "Wow, I haven't heard that word in years!" Huh. I say it all the time and had no idea I was the odd one.

HYZIOMA
It's a bruise you sustain while throwing a temper tantrum.

I have a child who is very dramatic and puts on quite the show for any little perceived injury. I could really have some fun with this!  ;D

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2014, 02:51:55 AM »
Our family has watched too much Stargate SG-1 so we tend to use the word "indeed" a lot more than you normally hear in conversation. Even our 6-year-old answers things with "indeed."

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2014, 07:46:28 AM »
HYZIOMA
It's a bruise you sustain while throwing a temper tantrum.

Oh! I totally want to adopt that word!

Is it pronounced high-zee-oh-ma? Kinda like hematoma?

I love this because it reminds me of 'hissy fit'. 

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 07:55:51 AM »
The English language really needs a plural for you. So could we maybe adopt the Scottish usage "youse"?
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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 08:19:56 AM »
So as a bit of background, I have a lot of friends in the UK. This word came up today in conversation and I believe it needs to be used in the US as well:

higgledy-piggledy. Used for things that are messy or like a maze (according to my friend).

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 08:54:42 AM »
So as a bit of background, I have a lot of friends in the UK. This word came up today in conversation and I believe it needs to be used in the US as well:

higgledy-piggledy. Used for things that are messy or like a maze (according to my friend).

I'm a huge Red Dwarf fan and will frequently call someone a "git" or "smeghead" (spelling?).  Which is better then some of the words that used to come out of my mouth before I had kids.

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 09:04:50 AM »
("CRIVINS

The Broons and Oor Willie use it all the time, as far as I recollect my reading of the Sunday Post

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Re: Words you think should make a comeback
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2014, 09:37:30 AM »
Catawampus!
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