Obsolete Words

My husband alerted me to this delightful article on obsolete words. It’s understandable that some of these have fallen out of use, what with some suggestive word roots in there. But “beef-witted”? That one needs to be reclaimed and put back into use.

I did have the idea, years ago, to compile Shakespearean insults, as there were so many of them and they were so imaginative—but I never got around to actually doing it. Luckily, someone else did. So, don’t be boring. If someone cuts you off in traffic and you simply must yell something, try calling the driver a “vile one” or a “mouldy rogue” or a “puppy-headed monster.” It might add some entertainment and humor to an otherwise frustrating situation.

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