Aren’t words delicious? Reading Karen Cushman’s new book, Alchemy and Meggy Swann, certainly introduced me to some tongue tinglers: robustius, gallimaufry, carbuncle. Great fun! Instead of beakers and vials and heat to conjure up these words as her alchemist might have, it turns out that Karen relies on the OED’s Historical Thesaurus, which weighs in at a mere 15 pounds and is two volumes.
On Nancy Pearl‘s recommendation, I recently read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (you can see my review here), where I encountered some lovely language, including the word “hesternal” (pertaining to yesterday, according to the book’s m.c., Fiona).
What old-fashioned words have caught your fancy? Not that you might ever work them into conversation, mind you, but if you can work at least one of them into a sentence, and submit it here, there’ll be a prize for the best submission*!
(the judge’s decision is highly subjective and final; no bribes accepted)