Wordy Wednesday

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)

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  1. Emilie

    No one says “fortnight” anymore, but I always enjoyed it while reading the Anne of Green Gables books. For example:

    “My husband and I just booked a fabulous fortnight in Benelux and France.”

    (Can’t wait for this September fortnight!)

  2. Laura Simeon

    One of my favorite words is “bosky,” which according to the OED means:

    Consisting of or covered with bushes or underwood; full of thickets, bushy.

    To me it sounds deliciously like its meaning!

    My personal favorite author for obscure vocabulary enhancement combined with sheer entertainment value is Reginald Hill, author of the Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries set in Yorkshire.

  3. Kirby Larson

    I do not know this series of mysteries but am going to go check them out, as soon as I get out of the bosky with the revisions I’m doing! 😉

  4. Molly H

    I keep checking on this to see what fun words people come up with! I have to share that juiciest words in my life lately, are made-up words from the mouth of my 6 year old daughter. My favorites: “Enterical” and “Exquivative.” I think I’ve got myself a future Shakespeare on my hands!