What old-time words do you wish would make a comeback?

Reddit asks the question.   Here are a few of the responses:  I know some will say some of these haven’t gone away but I think they’re not as popular as they once were or as widely used.  

  • I say “fisticuffs” and “icebox” were pretty cool words.
  • I wish “randy” would come back. The use of “horny” seems so uncouth. Also, “uncouth” should come back.
  • I like words that flow, rapscallion has a delightful cadence to it.
  • “Fortnight” should make a comeback !
  • Poppycock!
  • Hogwash!
  • Harlot
  • Strumpet and Floozie
  • Cankerblossom
  • Moxie
  • Ruffian
  • Tom foolery
  • Yonder
  • Thrice
  • Skedaddle
  • Forsooth!
  • Rapscallion
  • Davenport
  • Cat’s pajamas
  • Swell
  • Fiddlesticks!
  • Cadywhompus “That bar fight last night left me a bit cadywhompus!”
  • I’ve used the phrase, ” run like the dickens” on a few occasions.

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What old-time words do you wish would make a comeback?


43 thoughts on “What old-time words do you wish would make a comeback?”

  1. This list can’t be from the southern US. “Yonder” is a commonly used word round these parts.

  2. I use uncouth and fortnight on a regular basis.

    I would like to see more of henceforth and hither, but they are harder for me to get into a proper sentence.

    • You can always try “Henceforth, when I beckon, you shall come hither, Wench!”

      (At that point, you’d better skedaddle yonder robustly.)

        • I do believe I would runneth like hell before I was most thoroughly trounced(not in a good way)!

          • ??? Oh, Renaissance Faire. I had to think about your comment before I understood it. No, I’m not into that…. well as little as I know about it anyway. I did see a re-enactment of some civil war shooting thing once. Is that the same thing?

            • Well, only sorta-kinda in that it is nominally a historical recreation. Actually, I kind of wish Renaissance Faires were more historically-accurate — they’ve degenerated into sort of medieval fantasy cosplay… I believe Civil War recreations (though I’ve never been to one) aim for a bit more accuracy.

              • I have a bunch of friends that are Civil War reenactors. They’re very committed to accuracy in clothing, weapons, and actions. Kooky, but accurate.

  3. It’s funny because my father uses “fiddlesticks” as an exclamation. As in “Oh, fiddlesticks, the cotton-pickin’ thing broke!”

    • MCW — Yeah, I’m guessing “fiddlesticks” is what he *says* but only because he feels another word beginning with F wouldn’t be acceptable for a dad to say in front of his kid (no matter how old you are!)

  4. I use Wench. Course, I’m a girl, so it can be a bit nicer than bitch to a friend. Insult them, they’ll love you! 😀

    Pussyfooting needed some explanation to some younglings I work with. Not sure how that ever got to be a word.

    Ooh, I know one: BLINKER. That’s like never used anymore.

  5. My grandpa used to say blinky when he was describing milk that was just fixing to go bad, it wasn’t bad yet, but it wasn’t really fresh, it was “blinky”
    You reminded me of it with blinker ,Chris.

  6. My 2-bits worth, the scuttlebutt is that there is gonna be hanky-panky in LV. But, it should be copacetic.

    That took longer to type than you can say “Jack Robinson”.

  7. How about words that we might use today but in a completely different way than they were used a long time ago. I read an olde book last year that used ‘ejaculated’ numerous times but not in the way you’re thinking. Then there’s ‘gay’ and ‘spunk’.

    • Jazz?

      Male rooster (as in the “male rooster” crowed 3 times)?

      Cat(as in things Grumpy can’t find)?

      Rev(as in rev up your engines…wait…that’s still pretty common)

    • On that note: Let’s re-patriot, gay, queer, rainbow (and fag for our Brit friends) to their original meanings.

  8. I keep confusin’ da Pittsburghese Ivn’t heard’n 12 years wi’dis. Ev’ryday words yinz’d hear’n Picksburgh like buggy, gumbans, sweeper, jagger, babushka, nebby, n’at er startin’ ta soun’ ol’timey ta’me.

    • That’s great! What area did they’uns move to? I grew up about 25 miles south of the city in Warshington County along the Mon.

  9. I’d LOVE to see the original term “tomgirl” replace its ridiculously misguided replacement term “tomboy.”

    Granted, it was probably originally used as a derogatory term (and name-calling is never nice or acceptable) but TOM BOY makes no sense! A TomGIRL on the other hand, more accurately describes a female who acts/dresses in traditionally male ways (i.e., like people normally named something like “Tom”, which, of course is also often used to as a descriptive of the male of many species (e.g., tom turkey, tom cat))

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