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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • JOSHUA'S COLUMN — Words we should bring back

  • I confess I”m old enough to remember saying “groovy” as an actual adjective, not as a bit of camp sarcasm....
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  • On page six of this issue is the Buried Treasures, featuring items of interest from the Oct. 3, 1923 Redwood Gazette.
    There was one item I wanted to pull out and highlight though.
    I repeat it here in its entirety as a public service:
    Odd Words of a Generation Ago
    An elderly contributor to this column favors us with a list of odd words and expressions current a generation or so ago. We have room for only a few of them.
    "Sniptious," meaning smart, perky, was used in New York.
    "I bonas it," meaning I clam it, was an expression in general use, and might be a variation of "I bone it."
    "Manavelins" was said to be exclusively used in Long Island and was meant toothsome bits of any dish at table.
    "Gawmed up." Of a child eating bread and molasses a Southern nurse would sai, "His face is all gawmed up." A variant, "gaumed," was also used in England.
    "Scamuljugated" referred to two young people being fond of each other: ""John and Jane seem quite scamuljugated."
    Joshua again: I confess I"m old enough to remember saying "groovy" as an actual adjective, not as a bit of camp sarcasm.
    In my defense, I was in grade school at the time.
    . . . . .
    Two weeks ago I mentioned the troubled relationship between our two dogs — Rufus and Raffi — and their scary new friends, our cats Marmie and Beatrice.
    I can report progress has been made. Several nights ago Rufus insisted on having a sleep-over with the cats, and chose to spend the night with them in their basement room.
    It's at the point now where the four of them can be in the same room with only Raffi having the occasional panic attack.
    She wants so much to be friends with the cats, but still isn't sure. Maybe a few more visits....
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