Dead words that want reviving


26 Responses to “Dead words that want reviving”

  1. wixalsmiler says:

    Surely the world would be a better place if all instances of the word “blogger” were replaced by the word “spermologer”.

  2. I can totally rock Jirble.

  3. franko says:

    “Englishable” is almost a Bushism, which gives me pause.

  4. austinhamman says:

    resistentialism, a programmer’s new best word.
    i have noticed quite a bit of resistentialistic behaviour from my programs at time…and my compiler…and whatever the fuck makes segfaults!

  5. Jake0748 says:

     Man, the sheer malevolence of inanimate objects, sometimes makes my blood boil.  I’ve always chalked up the mishaps (in the kitchen, where I work), to some corollary of Murphy’s Law.  But now I have restitentialism to blame things on.  Much better.

  6. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Bookwright is obsolete?

    • oasisob1 says:

      Only the negative connotation.

    • Jake0748 says:

       I’ve always been a little miffed that the term (whatever)-wright is considered obsolete.  Always wanted to be a wheelwright. Some of my jobs have included computerwright and foodwright. 

  7. Marya says:

    Wait a minute,
    You can’t even hang on to your helping verbs, and you want to dig up a bunch of old adjectives?
    First things first.

  8.  I can use “jirble” correctly in a sentence:

    “Professor Norman Poliakoff jirbled the solvent into the beaker.”

    His fans will know what I’m taking about.

  9. Finnagain says:

    Great post and wonderful blog. As good as a dog’s nose! Thanks!

  10. fredh says:

    Stockpile the ice cream and pickles. My wife is with squirrel!

  11. Dr_Wadd says:

     I have a personal campaign to resurrect “rebound tumbler” which was the original name for a trampoline before “Trampoline” became a genericised trademark.

  12. huskerdont says:

    “Won’t you be my wonder-wench? ” is going on next year’s Valentine’s card, assuming my memory works that long.

    For truly I am beef-witted.

  13. scav says:

    I think there is every chance of reviving “queerplunger” and “spermologer”, but probably not with their original meanings.

  14. McGreens says:

    Most of these sound like they’ve come straight out of a Terry Pratchett novel. I approve.

  15. angusm says:

    The term ‘resistentialism’ was coined by the English humorist Paul Jennings, in his piece “Report on Resistentialism”, which introduces readers to the new philosophy of ‘resistentialism’ as proposed by the French philosopher Pierre-Marie Ventre. Any resemblance to the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre is, I am sure, entirely coincidental.

    You can find the complete text of Jennings’ “Report” online in various places:

  16. Marc45 says:

    As long as peeps stop using ‘porn’ as an adjective to describe things that clearly don’t involve seedy sex acts then  I’ll be happy.

  17. Zachary_Bos says:

    May I share another source of such wonderful words? The poet Melissa Green dug a great number of toothsome examples out of her research into medieval culture, when working on her book-length sequence of poems dealing with Heloise’s life after Abelard; some appeared in an issue of The Charles River Journal when we published an excerpt from that work: 

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