Good Words

I ran across a list of old English words that have lost favor over the centuries. They are cool words!

Bedward:  heading to bed

Elflock: tangled hair as if matted by elves

To gorgonise: to have a paralyzing effect on

To hugger-mugger: to act in a secretive manner

To kench: to laugh loudly

Monsterful: wonderful

To twattle: to gossip

Twitter-light: twilight

Widendream:  a state of mental confusion or excitement

Malagrugrous: dismal

To jargogle: to confuse

To degust: to taste carefully

Illecebrous: attractive

To brabble: to argue loudly

What words currently in usage would you wish to see disappear? Make up some words you would like to see in usage.                                    Make up some sentences from the old English words listed above. 



40 thoughts on “Good Words”

  1. Rise and Shine Baboons,

    WP continues on her anonymous log in toot. I see that yesterday WP was declared to be female by Linda. If so, WP is chronically suffering from PMS.

    My elflocks gogonised my brain into a state of widendream which was malagrugous.

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  2. I am jargogled by the current Chief Executive, and why he continues to brabble and twattle with about things that might be private matters, then hugger-mugger about that which should be made public. I believe he is in widendream, and it seems to gorgonize those around him who might do some good. His malagrugrous elflock doesn’t help matters.

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  3. I ketch(ed?) reading all the comments-replies!
    Saved this…so many fun words.

    “Words”…hope the youtube song comes through…it’s always been one of my favorites by The Real Group. This is an old video…faces have changed but the group is still active and popular in Sweden (where they are from) and Europe…’tho not so well known here. The man on the far right is Anders Jalkeus who founded the group and wrote many of their songs. He is no longer singing with them- is a University Prof. in Stockholm. His sister is a dear friend who who married an American & they live in Lindsborg Kansas = how I got to know about them.

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  4. The Washington Post has an annual neologism contest that has, over the come up with some wonderfully creative and hilarious new definitions of existing words and new words made by slightly altering existing words.
    1. a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
    2. the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
    3. a new doctrine, esp. a new interpretation of sacred writings.
    4. Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.

    Here are the 2016 winners:

    Click to access werds.pdf

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    1. This is your special gift. Many years ago you had a bad day of mothering because (as you said) “The kids were whailing all day long!” (I took that to be a conflation of whining and wailing, and it does sound unpleasant!)

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      1. I just said this word – it came out whailing again! Are you sure it’s not spelled the way it sounds? I also remember when we were riding in the car to Des Moines, worrying that Dad wasn’t staying in his lane. I kept telling him, “Follow the white lion, Daddy!!”


        1. You remember half of the line. We were headed south toward Des Moines on a terribly foggy night. Old cars had a metal switch mounted on the floor that you stomped to change from high to low beams. It made a nice sound. Dad was fighting the driving, going back and forth between high and low beams.

          Your advice was: “When you get lost in the frog, Daddy, just follow the white lion.”

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      1. Take a break=don’t watch, don’t listen…it may drive you crazy NOT to be listening…but won’t hurt to be away from any supposed ‘news’ for a while…can be very peeaceful…as long as your job does not depend on being updated ‘news in formed”.


  5. I like the work <loquacious; it has a nice sound and rolls off the tongue.

    I’d like to see the waning of the phrase “reach out to
    ” as a substitute for “contact”. Gives me the creeps.

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