Saturday, December 15, 2012

My Dictionaries: Poplollies and Bellibones Pt. 1

Seeing as I have more books than brains, topics than time and spend most every other weekend with my clone it's probably wise to set aside a few days per fortnight for something captivating and quick.

Since I am equipped with dozens of alternative dictionaries of obscure, forgotten and slang words I might as well utilize them to attract the brainier elements of the interwebs. Here starts that endeavor.

Poplollies and Bellibones: A Celebration of Lost Words by Susan Kelz Sperling is a book that I've had in my possession for probably a dozen years but  for at least the past 5 years it was stuffed into a box while other things got taken care of. This wasn't an oversight by any means but human evolution oft kinks the pathway to tomorrow and yesterday that knot unraveled and here we three beings are.

To generalize the content of the book is quite easy: it's airy, light-hearted and chock full of Old, Middle and Modern English words that have gone out of style. It is a bit silly, purposely so with accompanying whimsical illustrations, and the writing is a bit Dr. Suessian in that the protocol is generally for several archaic words to be slapped into a paragraph or two of amalgamated and clashing styles though the method varies.

This word group consists of golilla, barilla, muckender, coverslut, penistone, barthlomew-pig, spittle and slibber-sauce. Have at it.

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