Thursday, June 17, 2010

WONDROUS WORDS TO TICKLE YOUR FANCY

A few words from the 18th century to entertain and amuse.

Noodle- A silly, naive person. The next time you call a person a noodle I guarantee you will get a very strange look.

Nicknackery- A petty contrivance or trick. I like this word. It's fun to say and I bet no one will know what you mean.

Cripple- A swamp. OK then....Definitions have really changed over the years.

Crowdy- A thick oatmeal. This sure does NOT sound appetizing and I think children would cringe upon hearing they were having crowdy for breakfast.

Slur- To conceal. I can kind of see this one.

Valetudinary- Sickly or weak. Boy if you use this one you will sound quite well educated.

Go forth and have fun and dazzle your friends.

P.S. The phrase "tickle your fancy" came from England from around the 1750's.

39 comments:

  1. Too fun! Lol, nicknackery sounds like all those little things we collect and display on book cases ;) I will now snatch that word for that purpose, hehehe.....
    These are great fun!~

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  2. Hi Donna~
    I am so honored that you are following my blog! Such a nice compliment! I too am a lover of words as well as names, and LOVE the word "nicknackery" as well!! Thankyou for sharing these with us!! They truly "tickle my fancy!"
    Blessings,
    Julie

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  3. Oh you adorable noodle! What fun and thank you for sharing!

    Hugs,

    Zwee!!!!!!!!

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  4. Hi Donna,
    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world ... After reading your profile, I see we have a lot in common. I am but a simple person who has had a fondness for antiques since I was 18 years old. I also LOVE New England, but just to visit now ... toooo cooold! My old bones cannot take the deep freeze any more. I am now a follower of yours and hope to learn a lot about the 17th and 18th century. Stop by anytime!
    Teri♥♥♥

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  5. Teri,

    Thanks for stopping by. New England is magical. I feel it everytime I go there to visit friends. I also love early American history so... please keep on checking back. I have lots to share.

    Thank you again for your interest.

    Donna

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  6. Julie,

    I've found another friend. Thank you for stopping and introducing yourself. I hope you will enjoy this blog.
    Thanks again and have a nice day.

    Donna

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  7. What fun!!! Definitions have certainly changed over the years haven't they!!!

    Wishing you a most wonderful day!
    Hugs, Doreen

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  8. Donna, what a delightful blog you have. I want to properly thank you for stopping by and visiting me. Love reading your "words" and learning their "definations" and "origins." Now here is one you may be able to help me with (maybe you have heard or read this saying) "Is it dark under the table" A saying my 80 year old mom has used for years. Interpertation, Is it dark enough to put my night clothes on? I am not sure if this is a New England, Maine or Island saying, I hope you can help. Blessings to you.Julie

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  9. Julie

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Boy that is a good one. I've never heard of it before so... I will have to do some research. I'll let you know if I find out anything.

    Cheers!

    Donna

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  10. Julie,

    Hi! I did a little research on the saying "Is it dark under the table?" and what I found was it is a North Carolina slang saying meaning its time to go home. I couldn't find how old the saying is but I think it is kind of a cool saying.

    Donna

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  11. Donna, Thank you so much!!! I am coping them all down and I will find a way to use them, especially with my husband. He already thinks I am making up words. LOL!!!!
    Julie

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  12. Donna, thank you so much for taking the time to uncover the origin of "Is it dark under the table". I can't wait to tell my mom!

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  13. What an interesting lesson Donna! I remember hearing some old timers using a few of those words when I was a little girl. I'm 43 but I had grandparents born in the 1890s. I only knew my grandfathers (my grandmothers passed away before I was born), but they used some interesting phrases.

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  14. I love this, Donna! I especially love Noodle and Nicknackery...those are just fun words to say!

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  15. (3rd time lucky to post this comment!)
    Donna,
    I wrote tickle your fancy on my blog today!
    I also like Noodle!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  16. Donna,

    You are always so sweet to comment at oldgreymare and I'd like to reply right back via email but you have no email on your profile. I didn't either when I first started but I've learned how easy and convenient it is to just hit reply and go directly back to someone via email. I have never had anyone abuse my email address and it has been 2 years

    I also realized that responding to someone's comment in the same comment section often meant they never saw it, because they never revisited the comment section. I never do, because of time constraints.

    Anyhoot, just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all your comments and I would love to thank you quickly each time.

    also, it seemed to help me get to know people faster and a little more personally because we'll say things in an email we won't say in a comment section sometimes...hehe

    Suzan

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  17. BTW- me again...
    have you noticed that the word verifications are awfully similar to your "wondrous" words?

    hmmm?

    z
    as in this one comigin

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  18. My grandmother, born in Maine in 1881, used "dark under the table" to mean "it's too late to do this task today without making mistakes; let's save it for tomorrow." She usually applied this to sewing. Now that my eyeballs are aging I can easily understand that when it's dark under the table, there just isn't enough light to see to sew.

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  19. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I sure appreciate the kind words.

    Suzan

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  20. Language has definitely changed throughout the years. I would love to see them wearing exquisite motown tress wigs, that would definitely be stylish back then. Well, setting aside the candidness of them wearing a beautiful women's lace wigs, you've got a great thing going with your blog. Thank you for letting us partake in the knowledge that you have about the culture of the bygone eras, where nobility actually meant something. More power to you.

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  21. Hi Donna, thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog regarding the passing of our sweet pup.

    I enjoyed reading through this list! How fun to see how words have either derived from other words or changed meanings. And I can see why some of these words are no longer in use; ie, Valetudinary?? That one is too difficult to pronounce! :)

    Thanks again for your visit.

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  22. Earl,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and all the encouragement. It's such fun to learn new old things.

    Donna

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  23. Suzanne,

    Words are so much fun. I wonder sometimes how many have gone out of style or lost all together. Thanks for stopping by.

    Donna

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