Words We Should Bring Back
‘Stingo’ is an 18th century expression for strong beer brewed in the back of a pub. It’s a word that’s come back from the dead.
An ‘Antimacassar’ is the cloth that hangs on the back of an armchair to stop Macassar oil from marking the plush.
‘Secability’ meant it was cutable.
‘Molrowing’ was hanging out with dubious girls, but also wailing.
We think the variety of English first names has grown but in fact there were some terrific Victorian names, my favourite being ‘Brilliant’, but a whip along Victorian bookshelves reveals a plethora of gorgeous names like Hesketh, Meriwether, Zebulon, Lafe and Pleasant.
I was surprised to hear that ‘aggro’ disappeared twenty years ago. I quite like ‘bad’ as in ‘fault, as in ‘Hey, my bad.’
Language lives and breathes, but I want to revive a few moribund terms because they’re useful. I overuse the verb ‘ameliorate’ and it’s amazing how many people who didn’t know it soon start using it.
More words for resuscitation!