Words we should bring back!



Words are wonderful things. This is the first of an occasional series of silly things to say.

Absquatulate; Verb; to leave somewhere abruptly. Put it along with bobsy-die. (noun; a great deal of fuss or trouble). He absqualated without a bobsy-die. Wonderful.

Agliff; Adjective; meaning frightened add in Bogglish; Adjective; uncertain, doubtful or a wee bit skittish about something. He was so agliff and bogglish he couldn’t make a decision.

Catoptromancy; Noun; foretelling the future; divination using a mirror plus Draftsack: Noun a bag of garbage. Cataptomancy is just an enormous draftsack!

Ecdysiast Noun; a strip tease artist, much nicer than stripper. She was so mollitious, (adjective; sensuous) she made a fortune from her work as an ecdysiast. Eat your heart out Charles Dickens!

Ergophobia; Noun; an irrational fear of work. Faineant; Noun; A person who is a do-nothing, loafer. My ergophobia is so profound I am a complete faineant.

Gadzookery; Noun; Over use of archaic words or expressions. This is precisely what this post is all about!

Houghmangandy; Noun; Sexual intercourse with someone you are not married to. Well I had to a Scottish word in somehow!

Incompt; Adjective; – Lacking grace and eloquence, Messy Plus Jannock; Adjective; honest, fair, genuine. It is also an oatcake from Lancashire and Jargogle; Verb; to confuse or mix things up. To be jannock, I am so incompt today that I jargogled my jannocks with my cornflakes at breakfast.

My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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