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Friday, May 11, 2018

Nine words that deserve a revival

Wamfling
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glimflashy, adj.


Etymology: < glim n. (a candle) + flashy adj.
slang.

  Angry.

 

flamfew, n.


Etymology: Corruption of French fanfelue < medieval Latin famfalūca bubble, lie, apparently < Greek πομϕόλυξ bubble. Compare modern French fanfreluche.

  A gewgaw, trifle, fantastic thing. Also Sc. ‘Any gaudy trapping in female dress,’ ‘a gaudily dressed female’ (Jamieson).

 

gumfiate, v.


Etymology: < Italian gonfiat-o, past participle of gonfiare = French gonfler, < Latin conflāre, < con- together + flāre to blow.

  trans. To puff up, cause to swell.

 

misdeemful, adj.


Etymology: < misdeem n. + -ful suffix.
Obs.

  Having a false judgement of. Also: suspicious 

 

queemful, adj.



Obs.

  Pleasing, agreeable. Also: kind, gracious.

 

ramfeezled, adj. 

Etymology: Apparently < Scots ram-, intensifying prefix (see note and compare earlier ramgunshoch adj.) + a second element of uncertain origin (perhaps feeze v.2) + -le suffix 3 + -ed suffix1

  Worn out, exhausted; confused, muddled.

 

rumfustian, n. (and adj.)

Etymology: < rum n.2 + fustian n.
Now hist.

  A hot, spiced drink made of strong beer, white wine, gin, egg yolks, lemon juice, and sugar, popular during the 19th cent., originally among university students.

 

septemfluous, adj.

Etymology: < Latin septemfluus ( < septem seven + fluĕre to flow) + -ous suffix.

  Flowing in seven streams.

 

wamfle, v.

Etymology: ?
Sc.

  intr. To go about with flapping garments. Of garments, etc., to flap, flutter (in the wind).

3 comments:

  1. I wonder if any bars in Toronto serve rumfustian's?

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    1. It could be a new trend. Except that it sounds revolting...

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  2. And, additionally, think how useful any of these words could be in any conversation about the current Bashi of Trumpestan!

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