Vanquash

verb. TO SMASHTICATE Nay, if you be no better in the Reare then in the Van I shall make no doubt to vanquish, and vanquash you, too, before we part. Dick of Devon (c1626) The OED is boring. The definition there is “To Smash,” but that doesn’t really...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Snowclone

A snowclone, if you’re not familiar with the term, is “a type of clich√© and phrasal template¬†originally defined as ‘a multi-use, customizable, instantly recognizable, time-worn, quoted or misquoted phrase or sentence that can be used in an entirely...

Frescour

noun. Coolness; adj. Cool and crisp By Cold, and by a kinde of Frescour (as we now-a-days speak). Bacon’s Life & D. (1627) OED says noun, but there are some wonderful ways to use it as an adjective as well. The first four letters of frescour are the same as...

Airgonation

noun. Air travel by hot-air-balloon. A sort of meditation on future airgonation, supposing that it will not only be perfected, but will depose navigation. Letters, Horace Walpole (1784) One who travels by hot-air-balloon is (also used by to Walpole) an airgonaut....

Man-case

noun. Body. He had an handsome man-case, and better it had been empty with weakness, than (as it was) ill-fitted with viciousness.The church-history of Britain, Thomas Fuller (1655) Hey there Thomas Fuller, are you eying someone’s man-case? You sly devil, you....