January 6th, 2015 13:30 EST
Old School Words Worth Reviving: Caterwaul, Rapscallion, Flapdoodle
Wayne State University has released its annual list of the year`s top 10 words that deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose. These are my favorite six:
Caterwaul: A shrill howling or wailing noise.
Knavery: A roguish or mischievous act.
MÃ©lange: A mixture of different things.
Philistine: A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.
Rapscallion: A mischievous person.
The words that have entered our lexicon in recent years like "texting" "selfie" "tweep" and "hashtag" are soulless and don`t do squat to make the English language more colorful and vibrant.
Although there are a few exceptions, calling Miley Cyrus "ratchet" and a "skank" make it crystal clear that she`s not exactly a woman of fine breeding.
I`m proud to say that I often use "Philistine" and "rapscallion" in my essays and everyday speech. I`d rather call the likes of Bill Clinton a "rapscallion" as opposed to referring to him as a disingenuous miscreant.
I`d much rather say that Pat Robertson delivered a sermon heavy on flapdoodle, than accuse him of uttering theological nonsense.
I urge my fellow bloggers to do their part to keep the English language dynamic and energetic by making good use of these old-school words.