Sunday, 25 February 2018

The Quirkiness Of English.

Old English words, some still in use and some lost.

  • Thwart .....hinder or prevent.
  • Thither....to or towards that place.
  • Betroth....give to in marriage.
  • Trumpery...ornamental subjects of no great value.
  • Aught....anything at all.
  • Coxcomb...a vain or conceited man.
  • Ninnyhammer...a fool or a simpleton.
  • Erstwhile...at one time.
  • Fetching...pretty.
  • Mariturient....eager to marry.
  • Speustic...made or baked in haste.
  • Vappous...flat or insipid.
  • Quire...two dozen sheets of paper.
  • Cob...spider.
  • Flummoxed...bewildered, disconcerted.
  • Comely...pleasant looking.
  • Churlish...rude or boorish.

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