Obsolete and Archaic Expressions: Bygone Words of the 18th Century

“Zounds!” “Zounds!” “I am surprised at the news!” The word, “zounds,” was used back in the 18th century to either convey indignation or surprise. Waits and Uncles The street singers you see depicted in drawings of caroling were called waits at the time while uncles were the names given to pawnbrokers. Trig: A Smart and … Continue reading Obsolete and Archaic Expressions: Bygone Words of the 18th Century

Obsolete Words: Archaic words from the 1700s

Some words from the 1700s are certainly interesting conservation-starters. Sprinkling them every now and then in your speech or writing, adds some flavor and fun to your communicative style. Bibliopoles and Chapmen For example, back in the 1700’s a bibliopole was a bookseller while a chapman was a peddler. A cordwainer was a shoemaker while … Continue reading Obsolete Words: Archaic words from the 1700s