During the month of January, we shared a ‘Word of the Day’ on facebook and instagram from an antique dictionary in the museum’s collection. Our 1906 edition of the Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Dictionary has over 2,000 pages! It is full of fabulous definitions, illustrations and literary quotes. You can browse a 1908 edition in full on archive.org: part 1 / part 2.
Thank you to everyone who followed along and commented with examples of how you would use these words. Here are a few of your wonderful comments. Scroll down to find out what these words mean and to add some Edwardian flare to your vocab!
“As the coffee dripped his wife heard him maunder again. He was not an early morning riser for sure.”
“With the stay at home order, I will have to obumbulate my own yard for excercise.”
“In order to Enisle go snowmobiling”
“May the apricity follow you today and in the days to come.”
“We will be planting fruit trees and bushes (fingers crossed) this summer and would love volunteers to come yeuling with us”
“here’s a good way to spice up your historical vocab in 2021”
Words of the day
Apricity, The warmth of the sun in winter
Bosset, A protuberance on the head of the male deer, formed by the rudimentary antler
Cabal, To unite in a small party for purposes of plot or intrigue (verb). A number of persons secretly united for affecting by intrigue some private or party purpose (noun)
Computer, One who computes; particularly one who makes astronomical or other special calculations
Dodo, A large recently extinct didoid columbine bird or pigeon of Mauritius, with short functionless wings, large hooked bill, and clumsy aspect
En-isle, To place on an island; make an isle of; isolate
Foison, Abundance; plenty.
Gawf, A cheap red apple made to appear of superior quality by rubbing with a cloth
Higgler, A pedler or huckster: said to be so named from the chaffering or higgling proclivities ascribed to this class; hence anyone who higgles
Hockey, An outdoor game in which opposing sides, with clubs curved at one end, endeavor to drive a block or ball into or past their opponents’ goal
Izzard, The letter Z: an old name, now chiefly in the phrase below.
– from A to izzard, from beginning to end; thoroughly
Jejune, Devoid of life, point, or interest; dry; as a jejune story
Keak, To cackle like a goose
Lackaday, An exclamation denoting grief, regret, or surprise
Maunder, To utter in a grumbling or incoherent manner
Nescience, The state of not knowing; lack of knowledge; ignorance
Obambulate, To walk about
Parbuckle, A purchase to aid in rolling a cask or other heavy object up an incline or in controlling its descent
Quadruplex, Fourfold; doubled twice: used specifically of a telegraph system such that four messages, two in each direction, may be simultaneously sent over one wire
Rach, A scent-hunting dog
Saltate, To dance; leap; skip
Twitter, To utter with a succession of slight bird-like sounds.
Uranography, Descriptive astronomy; especially that branch of the science which treats of the constellations and of the stars that form them
Vacillate, To change from one purpose or opinion to another and back again, as under the influence of opposing motives; fluctuate in mind; be unsteady or irresolute; waiver
Wafture 1. A wafting or waving motion; a beckoning by waving something. He is to follow the wafture of his master’s hand to the right or left. 2. Conveyance by wafting; as, the wafture of incense. 3. That which is wafted, as an odor.
Wallop, 1. To boil vigorously with much noise, rolling, and bubbling; as, the soap wallops in the caldron. 2. To move quickly with an irregular tumbling gait or manner like a seal; waddle; gallop in an awkward rolling way. 3. To be slovenly, carelessly, or negligent. 4. [Slang.] To vomit.
Xenian, Relating to friendly intercourse and hospitality of people not of the same state or country
Yeuling, The act of walking around fruit trees and invoking a plentiful crop
Zarf, A metal cup shaped holder, of open or ornamental filigree, for a hot coffee-cup: in the Levant.
Here are a few of the fabulous illustrations from this 2,000 page dictionary!