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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Labour backbenchers are behaving like a bunch of quockerwodgers

Caroline Flint: a modern quockerwodger?
Today, I have come across this list of "obsolete" words that merit being revived.

These words at first glace appear quite comical, but like many words that have regrettably fallen out of use they actually enrich our language and increase our range of thought and expression.

I'm not entirely convinced that all of these words are "obsolete" - I personally have used the word "groak" and "cockaloram" appears in Charles Kingsley's classic, "The Water Babies". But I grant that they're hardly in common usage, which is a great shame because I could just image Andrew Marr or Andrew Neil using some of these in an appropriate political context.

For example:

"I'm really sick of all these Tory hugger-muggers"
"By the look on Nick Clegg's face, you'd think he's just eaten some yellow snowbroth"
"I'm totally jargogled by UKIP's position on human rights"
"I've no time for all that twattle in the Daily Mail"
"Alistair Carmichael's eaten so much haggis at the Burns Supper, he's probably feeling a bit crapulous"
"Just look at Boris Johnson's ridiculous elflocks"
"Listening to the oratorical skills of Ed Davey totally gorgonzised me"
"That Jo Swinson is a bit of a snoutfair"
"Nicholas Soames has always been a bit of a jollux"
"Alex Salmond is most definitely a brabbler"
"I once saw Harold Wilson walking about London, lunting as usual"
"Nadine Dorries isn't half beef-witted"
"I wonder if Simon Hughes is a callipygian?"
"Labour backbenchers are behaving like a bunch of quockerwodgers"
"I know some Lib Dems who are really suffering from lethophobia"
"You might accuse Jacob Rees Mogg of being monsterful, but he definitely isn't a slubberdegullion"
"The Lib Dems' party conference is in Glasgow, so it's bound to be lumming as always"

Yes, such words should definitely be revived - if only to bring some colour to our political landscape!