What Did They Say?: A Glimpse into 18th and 19th Anachronistic Vocabulary
Katharine Korte Andrew April 29, 2023
Learning anachronistic eighteenth and nineteenth-century words might not seem like the most thrilling activity for some of us, but it can actually be quite useful for genealogists. By understanding words like “fazzolet” and “peradventure” we can gain a deeper appreciation for historical texts and better understand the cultural context in which they were written.
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Then there are the words we invent that don’t exist but maybe should. When I was little, we ran around everywhere barefoot. Invariably, I would stub my big toe on the edge of uneven concrete pavement sections and scrape the skin off the bottom of my big toe. This would result in wailing, “Momma I scubbed my toe”. Scub = Scrape + Stub.
The only word that I do recognize is Cattywampus. Crooked. The other words I have never heard of. It was funny just reading all of the words and their meanngs.