Monday, 31 December 2012

Lost Words

Playing with Parquet means I’ve been finding all manner of lost or dead words to add to those I’ve long treasured. It’s a good idea when writing not to use a word that no one is going to understand. It doesn’t make you clever; it just demonstrates what a colossal arse the writer is. You do not egress the portal, you walk through a door – even if you have to mention that at all. Nonetheless and for names and for titles, for places or things they can be fabulous as in fictional worlds there is a certain expectation for invention anyway. In the likes of Parquet, an exercise purely to enjoy spinning a world when taking a break from doing that at work anyway, it’s a lot more fun to actually use a  word that means what it says (even if in context then it looks like something made up). So as names, as places, but not as a demonstration of one’s ability to hide what is actually being written.
            These are some of my favourites that can be used in such a way. Many are old slang, some are just dead words. Some just sound good.
Acrasial. Bad-tempered, particularly mean, even unfair.
Altham. A vagabond’s woman.
Barque (of frailty). A wanton, a trollop.
Bawker. A player of games with a strong following, one with fans that howl and deride his opponent.
Belemite. Malingerer.
Bonifate,  Lucky, a fortunate man.
Botcher. Clothes-mender.
Bosky. Drunk.
Callet. Drab, dull.
Calvert. To exaggerate one’s achievements or status,
Clewner. A false scholar.
Castaldy. A position of responsibility over another’s means, the act of a reeve, a steward.
Cit. Derisory term for a trader.
Coxcomb. A fop, a dandy.
Crassulent. Grossly fat.
Crocus. A surgeon.
Crepuscule. Twilight.
Derrick. A hangman.
Dottrel. Easy mark or prey.
Drigger. A thief.
Duckies. Breasts.
Faradiddles. Lies.
Foppotee. A fool, an idiot.
Fustigate. To beat with a stick or club.
Gullgrope. To lend money.
Gully. A dagger.
Homerkin. Seventy-five gallons of beer or ale, a barrel holding that amount.
Jangles. Rumour and gossip.
Jordan. A chamberpot, (oh, the hilarity).
Mingent. One that is having a piss, or the act itself.
Murklins. The dark, in the dark.
Nithing. A weak man.
Palliard. A beggar.
Picaroon. A rogue, a pirate.
Punkateero. A pimp.
Salwog. To chase, to plunder.
Scut. A cut or dent in part of a ship.
Shonnies. Venereal diseases.
Skilly. Broth, thin soup with little substance.
Veney. Sword practise with sticks.

1 comment:

  1. I think I must have read 'crepuscular' for 'twilight' at some stage, because I recall wandering round the supermarket muttering 'crepuscule' under my breath as if it was a French insult. It was probably a review of one of the eponymous 'teen vampire but without any of the redeeming humour of Buffy' series of books, come to think of it.