The Ugliest Words in the English Language
Words of the Jazz Age: 1922
I don’t really have a problem with most of these words.
Unctuous is a pretty gross word. But isn’t that the great thing about language? We can convey a meaning, a feeling by sounds even separately from assigned meaning.
A truly important year for our vocabulary, wouldn’t you say?
- Rough cut
- Mass Market
- to Proposition
- Cold Turkey
- Quantum mechanics
Words from the Jazz Age: 1920
Words from the Jazz Age: 1918 &1919
- Market research
- Food chain
The words that come about during a point in time can tell you a lot about what was happening during that time.
Welcome to my mini-series of words first recorded during the Jazz Age. Some of these seem too ordinary to have not existed at some point, and some seem so hip it’s surprising that those boring old people in the 1920s knew them.
- Ad lib
Yes, your grandparents/great-grandparents were the generation that came up with “motherfucker.” Thanks, Grandma!
"'Tis the strumpet's plague
To beguile many and be beguiled by one"
"And yet, small as is our whole system compared with the infinitude of creation, brief as is our life compared with cycles of time, we are so tethered to all by the beautiful dependencies of law, that not only the sparrow’s fall is felt to the outermost bound, but the vibrations set in motion by the words that we utter reach through all space and the tremor is felt through all time."
Maria Mitchell, astronomer
an ironic false friend of a vocabulary word