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Post by carteki » September 14th, 2017, 3:31 am

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

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Post by Cori » September 14th, 2017, 3:34 am

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 by SonOfTheExiles » September 14th, 2017, 12:11 pm

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 by J_N » October 2nd, 2017, 1:31 am

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 by mightyfelix » November 17th, 2017, 10:12 am

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 by mhhbook » November 17th, 2017, 4:38 pm

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 by Sue Anderson » November 17th, 2017, 5:15 pm

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 by PatrickLondon » November 24th, 2017, 3:18 am

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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