Useful, Yet Forgotten

I was reading through a series of posts on a hobby forum when I came across the word mollycoddle. It was being used to describe the treatment of a merchant with an apparent penchant for bad service. Another visitor, no doubt a dandiprat, mocked the perfect use of mollycoddle.

This short exchange got me thinking about other great, underappreciated, and nearly abandoned words. Here are a few of my favorites.


Barbigerous : verb – characterized by having a beard

Snollyguster : noun – a person, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

Mollycoddle : adjective – treat a person very indulgently or protectively

Jiggery-pokery : noun – dishonest or suspicious activity; trickery

Circumjacent : adjective – surrounding, lying adjacent on all sides

Dandiprat : noun – a young or insignificant person

Fandangle : noun – nonsense, elaborate ornament

Gadzooks : exclamation – an exclamation of surprise or annoyance

Hornswoggle : verb – get the better of (someone) by cheating or deception

Gingerly : adverb – in a careful or cautious manner

Thomas is the founder of Propulsion Factory Marketing, providing small businesses, churches and non-profit organizations with the tools needed for effective online communications. He is also the father of three amazing boys and husband to their wonderful mother. Thomas is an advocate for non-traditional education, and an outspoken critic of public education and the Common Core.