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pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
I have been reading Beatrix Potter to Shorty (now 7) and I come across quite a few words that have been lost over time.
[Watch the spell checker chuck a hissy*].

Wainscot
Counterpane
Lath
Gimlet
Smut (No, not top shelf magazines)

*Surprising.
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  • orraloonorraloon Posts: 8,034
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  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 44,883
    pinno said:


    Gimlet
    Smut

    Maybe she read Viz? Mr. Gimlet was a character from the Finbarr Saunders strip and Sid Smut was the real name of Tyneside's silver tongued cavalier, Sid The Sexist.

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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 19,496
    pinno said:

    I have been reading Beatrix Potter to Shorty (now 7) and I come across quite a few words that have been lost over time.
    [Watch the spell checker chuck a hissy*].

    Wainscot
    Counterpane
    Lath
    Gimlet
    Smut (No, not top shelf magazines)

    *Surprising.

    I use lath pretty regularly. Obviously, Potter didn't have plasterboard.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    The old plaster was very heavy apparently.
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 19,496
    It's usually thicker than gypsum board, so yes.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    rjsterry said:

    It's usually thicker than gypsum board, so yes.

    Do you use it in period properties?!
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,440
    I'm afraid that when people start using dated vocabulary, I always think of the Malcolm Tucker 'purview' quote.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 19,496
    pinno said:

    rjsterry said:

    It's usually thicker than gypsum board, so yes.

    Do you use it in period properties?!
    Only if they are listed or the client is particularly interested in 'doing the right thing'. Lime plaster is more expensive and much slower drying than gypsum, but it has more flexibility when dry and handles moisture better, which helps in old buildings with no damp proofing.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,129
    It's a pain to patch I know that much.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    Sorrel
    darnel
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    oxoman said:

    It's a pain to patch I know that much.

    But I thought you lived in a mud hut?
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  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 19,496
    pinno said:

    Sorrel
    darnel

    We had a cat called Sorrel when I was growing up.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    One of my ex gf's had a friend call Sorrel.
    (She wasn't a cat).
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  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,674
    Growing up near Bristol, Sorrel was how people used to apologise
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    edited June 2020
    They're all a bit funny in Bristle.

    You would think the influx of all races from far and wide over the centuries, through it's port, would have improved the gene pool.
    Mind you, Plymouth is worse.
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  • I still use a gimlet.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 19,496
    pinno said:

    They're all a bit funny in Bristle.

    You would think the influx of all races from far and wide over the centuries, through it's port, would have improved the gene pool.

    Maybe it has.
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  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    So you're saying "Just as well..."

    :)
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  • me-109me-109 Posts: 1,386
    Mutatis mutandis.

    Does that count? It's old, albeit still in use if you work in that field. I do and have only just come across it.

    What about 'happenstance'?
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,004
    me-109 said:

    Mutatis mutandis.

    Great track, even better album.



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  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,505
    edited June 2020
    I've just finished a story about Vikings. there was lots of archaic words in there. Sadly, they go in but I forget them straight away.

    Leman is one I do remember, meaning illicit lover, especially mistress


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  • fatted864fatted864 Posts: 66
    I thought a Gimlet was a cocktail made of 2:1 gin and lime juice.
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    Learned the word "Apricity" the other day - it means the warmth of the winter sun.

    Thought that was great
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  • me-109me-109 Posts: 1,386
    Quotidian. You don't see that every day. ;)
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