Does that sound like the beginning of an arcane joke?
The other day, somebody asked me what a haberdasher was, and I started thinking about words I haven't seen since school.
I don't recall when I first encountered Haberdasher, but I know it was in a British story taking place a couple centuries ago. I associated it with gentlemens' hats, handkerchiefs, and the like. The Canterbury Tales includes 3 of the notions peddlers.
I don't remember my first literary encounter with a milliner, but since ladies' hat-making isn't that big these days, it was also in an older story.
Where I met "scrivener" sticks out clearly inmy mind. IT was in a super-annoying story I had to read in sophomore year of high school, "Bartleby the Scrivener.." Maybe it says something that the story stuck out for well north of 3 decades, but not for the right reason. Scribes back in the day, writers in more modern parlance.
Here are a few other words I first met in grade school that aren't used in the same aspect today.
- Ginger, as in careful (not the root),
- Ecstasy as in supreme joy (not drugs), and
- Elated, as in overjoyed (close cousin to ecstatic).
What out-of-date or out-of-time words do you remember from school? Add them to the comments below.
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