Nickum A cheating or dishonest person
Peacockize To behave like a peacock; esp. to pose or strut ostentatiously
Rouzy-bouzy Boisterously drunk
Ruff To swagger, bluster, domineer. To ruff it out / to brag or boast of a thing
Tremblable Causing dread or horror; dreadful
Awhape To amaze, stupefy with fear, confound utterly
"Snout-fair", for example, means "having a fair countenance; fair-faced, comely, handsome", while "sillytonian" refers to "a silly or gullible person, esp one considered as belonging to a notional sect of such people".
"Dowsabel" is "applied generically to a sweetheart, 'lady-love'".
Margot Leadbetter, the snobby neighbour from 1970s BBC sitcom, The Good Life, could be seen as an arch example of a "percher" - someone "who aspires to a higher rank or status; an ambitious or self-assertive person".
The BBC series Trust Me is the story of a "quacksalver" - a person who "dishonestly claims knowledge of, or skill in, medicine; a pedlar of false cures".
Heard this on Radio 4 this morning. Not sure how many will catch on. Had a bit of a merrygosorry day yesterday.
I've recently read a series of novels which are set in the theatre of Elizabethan England. Some of the words they use are quite evocative and they
really ought to be brught back into use.
'couse, old Bill Shakes would've had some of them in his plays.
Phun to be had?
I have the impression that the various versions of the English language are in decline, in breadth of vocabulary (both in use and in understanding)
and in precision. I think there are more people writing who are not wordsmiths, and that communication is heading more toward
I am a fan of koine Greek, partly for the fact that it can be so precise in expressing meanings.
Grandma (the Irish one) used 'merrygosorry and I have seen 'quacksalver' in books but most of those on MMs post are new to me.
Scholar has a point about modern writers not being "word smiths. Lots of action and plot but rarely more than prosaic. I like Peter May - notably his Lewis Trilogy. Nice use of language although not a lot of old terms. Unless they're Gaelic.
I enjoy novels where the author paints pictures, with words (If that makes sense?).
Although his stuff couldn't be classed as classical literature, Edward Marston/Keith Miles/Conrad Allen/Martin Inigo is quite good, at that. He spins a good yarn, too.
Makes perfect sense to me. Totally agree. Try peter may.
"Silence fell like down after a duck fight"
Dan Brown overuses "gunning" the accelerator imo. I am reading a book called Housekeeping which was written about 20 years ago. The author has a lovely turn of phrase but my friend hasn't enjoyed it and therein lies the rub. People have become used to plot-driven narratives and the wordsmith isn't popular any more.
None of the words from Mary's first post have ever come across my field of purview, hence, I am, unlikely to ever quoin a phrase where I might use them.