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Archaisms

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  1. wunderkat says:

    I aught not to post here, but I am muchly vexed. Whilst I do not want to gainsay I oft’times enjoy an archaism.

  2. Alas ……. Albeit …… Blessed ……. Daresay ………. Elder ……… Ergo ……… Harken ……. Lo and behold ………. Maddening ……… Oftentimes ………. Perchance & Subtle ………………………. are NOT Archaisms! ……………… Nor are they Anachronisms!

    I probably use at least one of these, EACH and EVERY week …………. in everyday speech ………………………. but of course I come from a well-spoken articulate family.

    • Dain Q. Gore says:

      Ha, that’s what makes language a relative thing!

    • I suspect you skimmed the links instead of actually reading the articles they lead to. No one is claiming that “blessed,” “maddening,” and “subtle” are archaic; they are more modern versions of the archaic words “blest,” “madding,” and “subtil.” Furthermore, as the articles explain, many of these words are still used, just not in the same manner that they originally were. There’s no cause to pat yourself on the back for being especially articulate just because you speak the same way that most people do.

  3. I am glad that “gotten” does not appear on the list. I use it all the time, and am often told that it no longer exists, that “got” has taken it over.

  4. goodfite says:

    gotten

  5. May I suggest that indentifying “mothers” and “fathers” as classes of people is becoming archaic in everyday American conversation. Now it’s “moms” and “dads,” no thanks to media pandering to make the concept more “cuddly.” If I choose to call my own parents Mom and/or Dad, that is my prerogative; to anyone else, they are my mother and my father. I think this change started to come about when the “family values” folks began to capture the national conversation and decided that these usages sounded more favorable to them.

    It’s similar, in reverse, to the way Rush Limbaugh coined the thoroughly ungrammatical phrase “Democrat Party” as opposed to the proper “Democratic Party,” supposedly because “it sounds worse.”

    Harrumph! (But I am serious, even if it comes off as curmudgeonly.)

    • KM Conlon says:

      The Republicans used Democrat instead of Democratic long before Rush. I am a Democrat married to a Republican official, and it has made me crazy for decades.

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