A jackpudding of unjustly forgotten words for this National Day on Writing

A jackpudding of unjustly forgotten words for this National Day on Writing
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An astute reader recently sent me Paul Anthony Jones’ “An A to Z of Noah Webster’s Finest Forgotten Words” from Huff Post Books. (If you missed, it, catch up here.) 

I told my friend that I would be likely to use at least some of them in a post. Then I read Mary Schmich’s column in Sunday’s (Oct. 19) Chicago Tribune, and noted that today is the sixth annual National Day on Writing. So what better day than today?

Look at Jones’ definitions in the link above if you want to do so, but otherwise, just try out these sentences for fun:

I’d have gotten the job interview, but I was only after-wise.

Stop that babblement this minute!

Get out of that daggle-tail dress! There’s a clean one in your room.

This is just a crazy list — a real jackpudding. Isn’t it fun?

No, “obambulate” has nothing to do with the president; anyone who’s ambulatory can do it.

OK, that’s enough wrapping paper. Pass me the packthread.

These words have been hidden too long; they really should vernate, don’t you think?

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  • I'm having a hard enough time with about the 25th anniversary of corporate speak. Time to "grow" the business.

    Highlighting vernate and right clicking "search" only comes up with travel tips to Italy.

    And if it is the day "on" writing, is the weight of the 24 hours crushing the hand with the pen in it?

  • Thanks, Jack. I think of these older words as a bit of an antidote to corporate speak.

    I wondered about the day "on" writing as well, not day "of." I suppose the precise minds of the National Council of Teachers of English might have wanted to avoid yet another "of."

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Maybe day for writing would be better.

  • "For" is how I'd have put it -- well, it's what I'm for (as in "in favor of").

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