I can't remember where I found this link (Gina, was it you?), but it's pretty awesome. It highlights a bunch of words that are slowly falling out of use in the English language so that you can man-up and rescue them by ripping your shirt off and diving head first into the frigid, archaic waters. You could also put them on a blog, I suppose.
But what kind of bothers me is not so much that these words are falling out of use (c'mon, they're WEIRD and DIFFERENT...many are too COLORFUL), but that certain words in the English archives are smugly secure in their dictionary listings.
So here, I will totally McCarthy those bastards. Let us band together and stone them like the proud Americans we are, shall we?
I seriously think that much of my hatred for politicians stems from this ridiculous term. Let's ignore what that says about my intellect for the moment and focus on what's at hand: AESTHETICS. This word brings me to a place where boogers get appointed to the United Nations and everyone trips over themselves to show off how well they can cough up a loogie to impress the blobby bastard.
Do I need to justify this one?! It was created by a bunch of smug, obnoxious AREN'T-WE-CUTE!-ers and now it COUNTS, people. It fucking counts.
I heard this term during my MASTER studies more than I heard people telling me how awesome I am. Which, I'm sure you can surmise, was A SUPER LOT. And I still have NO FUCKING CLUE what it means, precisely. It's a vague word with a vague meaning and if you ever try to tell me that YOU understand it, I will know that you're ONE OF THEM. (And by "one of them" I mean "fucking annoying.")
Heh. Heh-heh. (Gross.)
Similar to Pianist, but WORSE. Because, who really wears PANTIES? I'd rather where britches. BRITCHES. Now THAT is a word that needs to be resurrected.
I guess I could go on for days compiling this list, and while that would count as a crazy Saturday night in Nerd-ville (or um, MY LIFE), I'll leave it at this. Feel free to add yours to the list.
PS: A decade or so ago, the term "mammock" was not a word. NOW IT IS. Just wanted to let you know that my friend Gina and I made this happen. Let us all adopt it and make it the next Paris Hilton, shall we?
PPS: I'm probably completely not remembering that story properly. But it was college, and usually all the boring bits are filtered out through evolution, people. Don't hassle me with your Jesus Fishes.