I’ve been steeped in the 17th and 18th century with a new historical series, one set in Quaker Nantucket. As I finished up the series, “thees and thous” felt so natural, so automatic. I was playing tennis one day and accidentally used a thee in place of a you. (Startled my partner! Ah well.)
One of my favorite parts of studying history is how common words originate and change with time. Language…it’s such a window into the past.
Here’s some out-of-use words I came across that really should be brought back:
Fie: an expression of disgust
Kench: to laugh loudly (like when you snort and embarrass yourself)
Twitter-light: dusk (sort of sweet, don’t you think?)
Mouser: a working cat
News: tidings (like the angels in the Christmas story…bringing tidings of great joy!)
Hussy: housewife (boggles the mind how that one morphed)
Rattler: a bouncing coach journey
There really is a word for everything.
What about you? Any words you’d forgotten or come across lately that you’d like to see back in circulation? Do share!