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PostSubject: Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265   Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:54 pm

Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265

Every now and then when reading, particularly an older book, I
come across a word that used to be very common but for whatever reason
has fallen out of favor. I’m not saying you never see them, but
they’re so rare that when you do read them, you notice. For the most
part, I’m not really talking about slang, mind you, which often has a
short shelf life. I’m talking about legitimate standard words that seem
to have faded a away.


Some happen because of technology changes (ditto, mimeograph).
Others occur because a word sounds suspiciously like a different,
offensive word (“niggardly,” meaning miserly or tightfisted, comes to
mind, though it should be noted the roots and meaning are nowhere near
the offensive word). Others, who knows?


Off the top of my head, here are a few words that seem to have lost favor with writers and/or readers:


Crestfallen (disappointed)
Cross (grumpy)
Chum (friend)
Glum (unhappy)
Davenport (a couch or sofa)


What words have collectively gone missing from current writings and/or speech that you have noticed?

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PostSubject: Re: Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265   Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:10 pm

if i were to say "niggardly" where i live outloud, there would be nothing miserly about the pummeling tight fisted lesson to be learned from it...mind you!
There wouldn't be enough time to explain the true meaning while running for my life faster than the life expectancy of an Ethiopian chicken!!

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PostSubject: Re: Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265   Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:26 pm

Oh, my! You're too much. I knew this would be fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265   Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:45 pm

Let's try this in a sentence in a "real life" scenario, shall we? Tyrone, Derek, latiffe, Shaynehneh and i went out to dinner last night. I picked up the tab and asked them to take care of the tip. To my surprise they only tipped her a "mere" one dollar bill despite the fact that the service was outstanding! So i asked: why so "nigg...umph!"! That was as far as i got before becoming unqualified to pose as a jack-o-lantern on halloween due to the fact i no longer had enough teeth to meet the criteria.

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PostSubject: Re: Post by: Eggcornista Found at: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2265   Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:53 pm

I think you're getting the hang of it.

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