Friday, June 12, 2009


I love words. I especially love olde 17th and 18th century words. Their definitions and usage are fascinating. I am sadden that today they have fallen out of favor soooooo every now and then I will post an olde word along with it's definition. Try using them in a conversation and see what happens. You may even impress your friends or at the very least they may think you are little strange. Have fun with them.

GYNECANDRICAL (adj.) - Mixt or promisciuous dancing. Men and women together. In 1684 Increase Mather deplored. "There are questions regarding gynecandrical dancing or that which is commonly called mixt promiscuously dancing viz men and women together. Now this we affirm to be utterly unlawful and it cannot be tolerated in such a place as New England without great sin".*

* Colonial American English


  1. What a great blog! I look forward to more of your posts-you have a nice variety of topics that look interesting to me. Good job :)

  2. Wow,I'm not sure what to say...I do know that I'm going to throw that word around at events and see what sort of reactions I get.