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[*] Post 509336 posted on 15-9-2017 at 08:13 Reply With Quote
Nearly defunct words which are still relevant

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".

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[*] Post 509337 posted on 15-9-2017 at 08:45 Reply With Quote

Heard this on Radio 4 this morning. Not sure how many will catch on. Had a bit of a merrygosorry day yesterday.
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[*] Post 509342 posted on 15-9-2017 at 10:06 Reply With Quote

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.


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