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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 3:31 am 

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I use Anon frequently. It helps separate the wheat from from the chaff!


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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 3:34 am 
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Johndec wrote:
I might try to bring 'erstwhile' back into fashion... :wink:

Oooh, yes, and then you can vary it depending on circumstances with 'whilom'!

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Post Posted:: September 14th, 2017, 12:11 pm 

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Where the job advertisement says "Provide three references", you could respond "Ibid., Op. Cit., and Loc. Cit.", but I bet you won't get the job.

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Post Posted:: October 2nd, 2017, 1:31 am 

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I know how to use i.e. correctly - does that count? :lol:

On a serious note, though: I am not sure about my English but I have been told quite often that my German sometimes is rather high-brow (i.e. old-fashioned). I am pretty sure this comes from reading too much. :mrgreen:

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Post Posted:: November 17th, 2017, 10:12 am 

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I don't think this one's antiquated, precisely, but regional. Today I used the word "stramash" in a facebook comment. I don't know why this is the word that came to mind as the most fitting (in reference to the uproar people always make over the Starbucks holiday cups every year :roll:), but I know I got it from one of my George MacDonald books.

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Post Posted:: November 17th, 2017, 4:38 pm 

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I love the words “whipper snapper” Especially like the phrase “Gol danged whipper snapper.” Has a real Gabby Hayes sound to it. Anybody remember him?

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Post Posted:: November 17th, 2017, 5:15 pm 

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mhhbook wrote:
I love the words “whipper snapper” Especially like the phrase “Gol danged whipper snapper.” Has a real Gabby Hayes sound to it. Anybody remember him?



"Hayes, in real life an intelligent, well-groomed and articulate man, was often cast as a grizzled codger who uttered phrases such as ... "durn persnickety female"..." [Wikipedia] Yes, I remember him.

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Post Posted:: November 24th, 2017, 3:18 am 

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mightyfelix wrote:
I don't think this one's antiquated, precisely, but regional. Today I used the word "stramash" in a facebook comment.


Indeed, Scottish is a useful source for some interesting alternatives. I think most modern Scots would consider "anent" a bit too old-fashioned and pernickety, but I find "outwith" quite useful sometimes (as an erstwhile - that's perfectly current with me, by the way - bureaucrat, I might well say "That would be outwith my remit": it helped to adopt the somewhat pinched accent of an Edinburgh lawyer). At the other end of the scale, "bahookie" adds a certain entertainment value.

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