Thursday, March 14, 2013

Let's talk favorite words!

My sister Janelle's quirkiness comes out at such random times during the day, but over the years, I've increasingly see it come out in our conversations. In fact, I've come to look forward to our quirky talks. A few months ago, we somehow found ourselves on the topic of words. What words we like. What words we wish would come back in style. While I have my favorite words, Janelle is a firm believer that the word man left the scene far too soon. As in...

"Hey, man, how's it going?"

"Cool it, man."

The word gives me visions of cool Beatnik poets wearing all black and performing their confessional slam poetry in smokey coffee houses -- you know, the classic '60s.
As it turns out, though, Janelle isn't the only one longing for a revival of some vintage words (and yes, I just made up that phrase...). Jeffrey Kacirk shows some love to forgotten words of yesteryear in The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten; his picks include words like snoutfair (A person with a handsome countenance) and wonder-wench (A sweetheart).
How awesome is that, friends? What words do you wish were back in the vernacular? Why do you like them? Do you find yourself saying them even if they're not "popular" anymore? xoxo
[Via Jezebel]

P.S. Remember these overused words? And, made-up words are fun too! :)


  1. Hun, I use the sayings "the cat's meow" and the "bees knees" like it they were in everyday usage. Also I wish the magic would be used more often. Like instead of saying that's awesome say that's magic.

    Loved this post.

  2. i say "man" ALL the time! "happy birthday, man!" or " oh man! someone ate the last of the ice cream!" it's one of my favs too! along with "nonsensical", "presumptuous" and "illuminating."

  3. I say "dude" quite often. Which is funny because I started saying it when I dated a guy who said it... and this was back in 2003! Somehow it stuck and I STILL say it lol.

  4. Oh, how I love a good word! "Ante-penultimate" has been my favorite lately–musicians use it plenty!


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