Let’s Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition is a short, but fascinating book which is precisely what it says on the tin. A book full of words and phrases which have long gone out of style and been forgotten. I’ve always found the break down of language and how it evolves fascinating.
Etymology was one of the subjects I enjoyed most in school. As someone with Aspergers, I can be rather persnickety about words being used correctly. If a word has a meaning, it should mean that. It’s something my hubby and I have amusing debates about.
Anyway, reading through the book, I was struck by several truly amusing words/phrases (along with their meanings) that I think we should bring back to life:
- Chase the Ducks – translation take the risk.
- Dingbat – idiot
- Giggle Water – booze/liquor
- Kerfuffle – commotion
- Keep your pecker up – I know it sounds perverted, but it actually referred to a bird’s pecker not male bits. The meaning up the phrase was basically keep your head up.
Do you have any favourite words or phrases that have gone out of style?