The name librarian conjures up an image of a woman with her hair in a bun, glasses, and that finger shushing action. I plead guilty to wearing glasses, but I never wear my hair in a bun unless I forget to wash it. As far as shushing action goes, I le
ave that to stereotypical archetypes like the Librarian Action Figure.
Maybe. I’m just sharing a little knowledge with you by collecting a few old and new language gems from the chaos of the information universe or what us information superheroes like to call the Internet.
Here are a few from Ye Olde Dictionary of the Old English Language, a short list just for fun:
huzzah – Huzza or huzzah is first recorded in 1573. Originally a sailor’s cheer or salute. Spend just one day saying this everyone you meet, I dare you!
pudh – horrible. That green bean casserole is pudh!, imo. I could have used this last week for the American Thanksgiving holiday. Apparently, we love green bean casserole.
Rennies – Renaissance fanatics. I’ve never heard this one, but you know who you are.
tallt – to stand above others in a snobby way. Anyone come to mind? I’m too nice to list names here, but I know you thought of someone.
My take: That pudh Rennie tallts riding unicorns shouting huzzah as they come round. Okay, it’s a stretch I know, but it’s fun to string old English words together. Try it!
There’s those weird Old English Measurements:
Shaftment: Width of the hand with outstretched thumb, 6 1/2 inches before the year 1066, 6 inches thereafter. Why did we drop this one? So convenient, especially if you’re holding a bag of groceries.
Knights Fee: A somewhat arbitrary amount of land that a knight would need to sustain not only himself, but his esquires, horses, equipment, and supplies in times of war. You need a lot of room for that Round Table.
Butt: Two hogsheads, or about 128 gallons. Hmmm, that’s a surprise. I thought I knew this one;)
Everyday, New Words are added to our venacular to baffle and confuse us:
Fram: spam email sent by your friends and family. This one I understand well!
Cornea gumbo: Click on a website and you are overwhelmed with flashing buttons, ads and icons. And you can blame it all on cookies.
Potato: Person Over Thirty Acting Twenty One online. Ha, that’s me.
Threadjack: person on a message board takes the conversation completely off topic. Who hasn’t experienced this phenomenon?
These new words from WordSpy, may or may not stand the test of time:
Recreativity: Repurposing or remixing existing artistic works to create, in whole or in part, a new work. LOL! I think that’s what I’m doing here, but now I can give it a fancy title. Awesome!
Faitheist: An atheist who respects or accommodates other people’s religious beliefs, or who attends religious services. Are you as confused as I am?
SMIDSY: Describes an accident caused by the driver of a car failing to see a cyclist or pedestrian. Sorry, Mate, I Didn’t See You.] I don’t think a cop is going to buy this one, do you?
Lolbertarian: A libertarian whose views are so extreme as to invite mockery. I’m thinking this could also be lol-ibrarian, like when a clergyman asks for Fifty Shades of Gray at the public library.
What would Noah Webster think of this creative word-smithing? He won some and lost some in his own Spelling Reformation. When was the last time you had a bowl of “soop”? Thankfully, he didn’t win that one.
I hope you enjoyed my tongue-in-cheek look at language, old and new. I think huzzah kind of has a nice ring to it. Librarians Rule! Huzzah!
Disclaimer: My husband, Scott King, created the Librarian Action Figure.
New Words: Source: Readers Digest pg 102.