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« on: 06/02/2008 11:54:33 »
On my local radio station recently the Breakfast Show presenter asked listeners to text him their list of words that are no longer in common use (1 listener poignantly suggested "please" and "thank you"). Having an outstanding command of English vocabulary (indubitably, a veritable lexical mage!), I had a few to send him.

But it got me thinking... some of those words are wonderful & it's a shame they're no longer used.

So, which words that have dropped out of favour would you like to see brought back into use? Maybe we could choose 1 word in particular from our lists and start a campaign to bring it back into use. Chris & Co could use it on the TNS radio Show as part of our campaign :)

Here are some of my suggestions:

Scallywag
Nincompoop
Rapscallion
Rascal
Brigand
Waif
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« Reply #1 on: 06/02/2008 13:37:39 »
Could we please recover the terms for second person plural and second person singular (a distinction that used to be enshrined the you and thee).
 

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« Reply #2 on: 06/02/2008 13:59:16 »
George - I believe thee is the accusative (objective) case of the 2nd person singular.

In that case we should re-use thou, thy & thine also. And to do it properly, we should resort to correct conjugation of verbs to match.

To whit (all 2nd person singular):

you have - thou hast
you do - thou doest
you are - thou art
you will - thou wilt

CHRIS! Are you taking note for the radio show?  ;D
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« Reply #3 on: 06/02/2008 14:06:55 »
OH.. In thine own heart be true and wise and loving!

Thou art so beautiful that thee brilliance from thou eyes, light a path for thine soul to follow straight into thy heart!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 06/02/2008 14:11:13 »
Oh you beat me.. LOL But you have my original line of verse from yours truly on the second part!! I hope I got them all right! LOL!!
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« Reply #5 on: 06/02/2008 14:21:24 »
Your use of "thee" is the archaic form of "the".
"Thine eyes" (for various grammatical reasons)
"Lights a path" not "Light a path"
"Thy soul"

But not bad for a Yank  :P
 

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« Reply #6 on: 06/02/2008 14:30:39 »
LOL.. I knew I would blow it! LOL... Mucho Gracias  for the correction... LOL.. A yank indeed...LOL
 

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« Reply #7 on: 06/02/2008 15:05:31 »
De nada, Gringo  :D

P.S. Esta muchAS gracias
 

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« Reply #8 on: 06/02/2008 15:12:52 »
Merci! LOL!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 06/02/2008 15:37:50 »
C'est mon plaisir, cherie  [:X]
 

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« Reply #10 on: 06/02/2008 16:09:59 »
""smail"
 

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« Reply #11 on: 06/02/2008 16:21:57 »
I want to see the word poppycock used more often ;)
 

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« Reply #12 on: 06/02/2008 16:59:04 »
I want to see the word poppycock used more often ;)


Whats poppycock????
 

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« Reply #13 on: 06/02/2008 17:13:52 »
I want to see the word poppycock used more often ;)


Whats poppycock????

It means nonsense ;D
 

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« Reply #14 on: 06/02/2008 17:35:37 »
Poppycock is great!

How about ""tallywagger"
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« Reply #15 on: 06/02/2008 21:33:13 »
I want to see the word poppycock used more often ;)


 

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« Reply #16 on: 06/02/2008 21:33:36 »
Poppycock is great!

How about ""tallywager"

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« Reply #17 on: 06/02/2008 21:34:45 »
balderdash
 

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« Reply #18 on: 07/02/2008 08:05:40 »
balderdash

Oh yes!

So what about piffle or codswallop?
 

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« Reply #19 on: 07/02/2008 08:42:15 »
Poppycock is great!

How about "tallywagger"

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In some parts of the country I hear it was called a Talleywhacker, Where I was raised it was a "tally wagger" = A part of the male anatomy, but growing up we used it in reference to a large animals Penis. Like a horse or such animal! LOL I honestly don't know its origins, but I have heard it since I was a wee thing.. from my grandparents and my great grandma! LOL!
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« Reply #20 on: 07/02/2008 14:03:13 »
Ah I have always enjoyed "crumudgeon" as well as "hirsute," and "humbug."

As for "talleywhacker" - it has come from being used for farm animals to being used for the male's member of any species. I believe it originally arose from the degenerative terms applied to teamsters who were referred to as bull whackers or talley whackers (if mules). As to why - I have no idea.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 07/02/2008 16:31:55 »
I think you'll find the word is CURMUDGEON
 

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« Reply #22 on: 07/02/2008 16:33:14 »
OK... shall we try to persuade Chris to refer to a "curmudgeon's tallywhacker" on the radio show?  :D
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« Reply #23 on: 07/02/2008 17:30:03 »
Good point.. LOL.. I don't think so!! :o
 

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« Reply #24 on: 07/02/2008 19:03:04 »
It would be a good challenge for him
 

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