Verbiage

 

Simples. We’re esurient,

Have appetency for some bread,

While leaders in the Tory tent

Are each of them a slugabed.

 

All their plans’ abstrusity

Is a fizgig hitched to poor poltroon;

Her ideas seething with caducity,

Their leader is a picaroon.

 

Each accouchement of a plan

Offers gifts to rich and wealthy:

Each kickshaw’s for a bogeyman –

A large and highly-burnished selfie.

 

The big society has shrunk,

Archaism is the curse –

Words are junk or full of bunk.

Omnishambles. Only, worse.

 

 

 

 

 

(There is a fuller list of words at https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/explore/archaic-words.)

 

 

24 April 2018

An analysis reported by The Times showed that “most buzzwords fall out of favour almost as quickly as they find it. Selfie, omnishambles, youthquake, simples, post-truth and big society have all been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, since 2009” [but are almost all on the way out]. The Times also cited various words the OED said had fallen out of use: accouchement (birthing), appetency (desire), caducity (old age infirmity), esurient (hungry), fizgig (silly young woman), kickshaw (a fancy but insubstantial dish), picaroon (scoundrel), slugabed (idler).


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