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Underused but delightful, descriptive words

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SORES Sat 30-Mar-24 10:27:22

in my humble opinion, of course,
these are words I have heard or read this week,
reminded me of my Grandma, old fashioned
words now but meaningful, it would be a shame
for them to be relegated to ‘archaic’

regard (for someone)

there were so many which captured my imagination,
now of course, wanting to lost them, my brain has
seized and I cannot remember any more

of course some words now are unnecessary, we do not have the article nowadays,
(although my Dad still says Wireless ! )

globes! (lightbulbs)
stretch covers

any more ?

Mel1967 Sat 30-Mar-24 11:17:14


Calendargirl Sat 30-Mar-24 11:18:44


eddiecat78 Sat 30-Mar-24 11:19:05

I'm frequently vexed

Calendargirl Sat 30-Mar-24 11:19:55

Bolster (large pillow).

Silvermite Sat 30-Mar-24 11:23:51


Ali08 Sat 30-Mar-24 11:24:19

I know most of those except for 'windborn' and 'antimacassers'. I have heard of the latter, but I don't know the meaning of either.

Marydoll Sat 30-Mar-24 11:25:59


I'm frequently vexed

I am too and often use that word, because it sums up exactly how I feel!

GrandmasueUK Sat 30-Mar-24 11:26:20

Ooh spills
I used to make my grandad a new spill container for his birthday every year. It was an old tin, covered in 'sticky backed plastic' courtesy of Blue Peter. I bought the multi coloured spills from the tobacconist along with some pipe tobacco. I assume my mum actually bought these items.
Oilcloth is another missing word, along with parlour

Marydoll Sat 30-Mar-24 11:26:40

Another favourite of mine is serendipity.

Ali08 Sat 30-Mar-24 11:26:57

A bolster to us was the long pillow we had under our 2 separate pillows on double beds.
My sister & I shared a bed as did my parents and we both had bolster pillows then our own pillows on top.
Weirdly, I just have the one pillow these days. But my children also had bolster pillows when they had double beds at home.

Ziplok Sat 30-Mar-24 11:28:10

Antimaccassers are covers for the back of a chair and settee and for the arms of the chair and settee, to protect them from grease and dirt.
Can’t say I’ve heard of windborn but imagine it’s something carried in the wind (but probably completely wrong 😂).
I used the word counterpane just the other day, funnily enough.

welbeck Sat 30-Mar-24 11:33:57

i was brought hearing this re time, and still often use it myself.
but i find so many people i deal with now were born in africa, asia or eastern europe, they tend to give time as if reading a digital clock.
when i say, it's nearly ten to six, they will say no, it's now five forty nine.
some don't understand quarter to/past.
i discovered this when i had to take one somewhere and had said, be here by quarter to, for the appointment.
she rolled up unconcerned after the hour.
i was quite stressed, having to get us there.
it was only a few days later that i realised s he thought quarter to meant the same as quarter past . . . !

welbeck Sat 30-Mar-24 11:34:27

i also like, in the forenoon.

Kate1949 Sat 30-Mar-24 11:36:34


MissAdventure Sat 30-Mar-24 11:45:28

Wasn't macasser a hair oil, a bit like brylcreme, years ago?
Not sure if I've made that up in my own head now, but it was to protect the backs of chairs from getting marked by it that antimacassers were used.

If I've made that up, I'm quite impressed with myself. grin

Marydoll Sat 30-Mar-24 11:45:45

I have just used cornucopia in a text message.

Marydoll Sat 30-Mar-24 11:46:30


Wasn't macasser a hair oil, a bit like brylcreme, years ago?
Not sure if I've made that up in my own head now, but it was to protect the backs of chairs from getting marked by it that antimacassers were used.

If I've made that up, I'm quite impressed with myself. grin

I think you may be correct, Miss A!!

Gin Sat 30-Mar-24 11:47:45

My grown up children still think it hilarious that when I am upset or annoyed about something I will utter loudly ‘ oh fossilised fish-hooks’. Does anyone else know this expression or where it came from, I am sureI did not make it up!

kittylester Sat 30-Mar-24 11:50:15

I think you are correct, MissA.

I like 'salubrious', too,

Calendargirl Sat 30-Mar-24 11:51:00

‘Receipt’ used instead of ‘’recipe’.

“Is it real caraway seed cake?”

“Oh yes, Cook has the receipt”.

(Miss Marple, At Bertram’s Hotel).

midgey Sat 30-Mar-24 12:02:16

I have a couple of petticoats…..

SORES Sat 30-Mar-24 12:05:16

wow, some womderful responses thanks you, windborn describes seeds floating, like dandelion heads we used to say were fairy messages, also wind whipped words, on Watlington Hill hearing people way below talking, their words windborn

I nearly wrote bolster - my daughter has one, feather from Dunelm a few uears ago as she has a metal bedframe, it fills
in the gap between mattress and frame, covers are French linen.
My Gran had bolsters, like tree trunks, but then she had a horsehair mattress, couldn’t smoke in bed with one of those beneath.

Glorianny Sat 30-Mar-24 12:07:37


I'm convinced this becomes more meaningful as I get older and it happens more often.

J52 Sat 30-Mar-24 12:08:30

I’ve been using my Gamp a lot in the wet weather.
It certainly keeps the Oxsters dry.