20 Obsolete English Words that Should Make a Comeback

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  1. AtomicEraTom

    AtomicEraTom

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    Rare words I frequent, gal, aina? (a regional one), dame, broad, swell, neat, keen, and my oft used phrase "now you're on the trolley."
     
  2. ^ I use 'broad' all the time :)

    From my mom....
    Does your short soar? (Does your car go fast?)

    Words I use that cause my daughter to roll her eyes:

    Malarkey
    poppycock
    Dapper
    Dingbat
    brassiere
    Tawdry

    I can't think of the others right now, but I'll watch for the eye roll ;)
     
  3. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

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    My father used to tell me off any time he heard me say that, even though he said it all the time. He said it was disrespectful.....I still use it occasionally, not because of the retro thing, but because it's just a natural part of my vocabulary, as is malarky
     
  4. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Big +1.
     
  5. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

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    Likewise. And those who say "NO", rarely stick to their guns
     
  6. AtomicEraTom

    AtomicEraTom

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    I oft use Dingbat a la Archie Bunker, and Malarkey.
     
  7. Yes, but I'm a woman so I can say it :p
    Seriously though I don't care if someone calls me that [huh]
     
  8. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

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    You're a swell broad :D
     
  9. Thank you :) You're a swell fella :D
     
  10. Fletch

    Fletch I'll Lock Up

    rue, how do you feel about being called a "frail"? (You don't look frail.)

    That tall Irish guy on the tube (the one who's not funny) had a good one on last night: codswallop, meaning nonsense. British, supposedly 19c., but didn't see print till 1963. Is that vintage enough?
     
  11. MissMittens

    MissMittens One Too Many

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    Aw, shucks :eek:
     
  12. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    If Im gonna use the word broad, it has to be perfectly clear to my target, someone I know very well, that it is said with love, respect, and a smile. Otherwise, never.
     
  13. It doesn't bother me so much as it would confuse me. I'm short, but I don't think someone would call me frail. When I think of that word I think of someone that's sickly [huh]
     
  14. So I guess you wouldn't call me a broad? ;)
     
  15. I thought of another one....

    dagnabbit
     
  16. Tony in Tarzana

    Tony in Tarzana My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    "She was the roughest, toughest frail..."

    - Cab Calloway
     
  17. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Well, I dont know you well, but I do respect you. I'll look for an opportunity. :)
     
  18. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Speaking of dagnabbit, I'm the blood-thirstiest, shoot-'em-firstiest, doggone worstiest buccaneer that ever sailed the Spanish main!
     
  19. Effingham

    Effingham A-List Customer

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    Oh, my...

    I use that one all the time. :)

    And the problem *I* have with the word "broad" is it tends to get applied too often to the seat of my pants. :(
     
  20. Geiamama

    Geiamama One of the Regulars

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    Floozie,
    Dapper,
    Argy-bargy,
    Rabblerouser,
    Cobblers,
    Codswallop,
    Doddle,
    Faff,
    Nincompoop,
    Higgledy-piggledy,
    Pernickity,
    Yomp

    All words used with frightening regularity in our house lol
     

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