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R you up to it?

I found a few missing R’s, but I need your help! American English has lost R’s over the years, so I know more are lurking in dictionaries. (I am supposed to be cousin to Daniel Webster, so maybe it runs in the family) Anyone who submits an R word gets an Atta boy/Atta girl from me.











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Recycling Old Words

Old words

  1. Freck

Verb intr. – “To move swiftly or nimbly” – I can think of a lot of ways to use this one, like “I hate it when I’m frecking through the airport and other people are going so slow.”

Or: You are so frecking dumb. What the freck are you doing now?

  1. Brabble

Verb – “To quarrel about trifles; esp. to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble” – Brabble basically means to argue loudly about something that doesn’t really matter, as in “Why are we still brabbling about who left the dirty spoon on the kitchen table?” You can also use it as a noun: “Stop that ridiculous brabble and do something useful!”

Or: Brabble on, no one’s listening. You sound like a brabbling brook.

  1. Kench

Verb intr. – “To laugh loudly” – This Middle English word sounds like it would do well in describing one of those times when you inadvertently laugh out loud while reading a text message in class and manage to thoroughly embarrass yourself.

Or: He’s a kenching idiot. He who kenches last kenches best.

  1. Brannigan

Noun – “A drinking bout; a spree or ‘binge’” – Brannigan was originally a North American slang word, but it is now rarely used. “Shall we go for a brannigan on Friday?” can be a more sophisticated way to discuss such activities.

Or: A brannigan a day keeps the doc away. Honest officer, all I had was a Brannigan.

  1. Quagswagging

Noun – “The action of shaking to and fro” – This can also be used in verb form, to quagswag, and is pronounced like “kwag swag.” It could definitely work as the name for a new type of dance, or possibly serve as an alternate way to describe a seizure.

Or: Your quagswagging me will not make me change my mind. The couple quagswagged under the blankets.

  1. Yemeles

Adj. – An Old English and Middle English word meaning “careless, heedless, negligent” – Pronounced as “yeem-lis,” this is another word that could prove useful for teachers. “Handing in messy and incomplete work just shows me you are being yemeles, and I won’t hesitate to give you a zero for the assignment.”

Or: A yemeles idiot like you is worthless. He means nothing by his yemeles actions.

  1. Twitter-light

Noun – “Twilight” – Used in the early 17th century, “twitter-light” sounds like a romantic way to refer to the hours as the sun goes down.

Or: Let us smooch in the twitter-light. In the twitter-light, everyone looks better.

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