The year of words: Day 293

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Today’s words both sound as though they’re modern in origin, but both are deceptive.

The forgotten word or sense brings us fantoosh from that reliable source of beautifully evocative words, Scottish dialect. This dates back at least as far as the early eighteenth century and possible much earlier. Now considered archaic outside of Highland Scotland and even there I’d suspect you’d struggle to hear it often.

The new word is something of a quirk. That’s because it’s a new word to Collins and Websters to whom it appears to be new.

However, the same word has been in the Oxford English Dictionary since its first publication. The strange thing is the OED has moved it to its extended and full versions as they consider this Tudor English word to have become archaic. This is at the same time Collins and Websters are considering as a candidate ‘new’ word – strange times indeed.

Two to enjoy.


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