I don't know whether "words worth reviving" will become a category of its own as I continue reading "Moby-Dick." But I've found a word I want to get out and use, so I'll call it "worth defending" for now, even though it may need some reviving.
That word is nappishness. Here's how Herman Melville uses it at the beginning of Chapter 11, "Nightgown."
Ishmael, the narrator, has become good friends with the harpooner Queequeg (himself a great friend in real life to cruciverbalists needing to use up Qs, but I digress).
Because of cramped conditions in their inn, they are forced into sharing a bed, but nerves are soon overcome for these friends. Ishmael tells of a night in Chapter 10 and 1 1 when they couldn't exactly sleep, but they kept napping and talking, until
"at last by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though daybreak was yet some way down the future."
It's quite a word that will get me to ignore another great word, namely "confabulations," in its favor.
Sorry I read this yesterday and only got to write about it today. You see, I was feeling a bit nappish. Ah, it works without the -ness.
More to follow, Actually, I'm in Chapter 24 already!
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