Once, Twice, Thrice

If you’re a member of Team Coco like I am, you may know that Conan O’Brien launched a campaign to bring the word “thrice” back into our daily lexicon. While I have little occasion to use the word, I fully support this endeavor. There are probably tons of words that have fallen out of the mainstream that are due for a comeback.

And so I ask you – what words do you want to see return?

For me, I like the word “scram.” I always have and think it’s hilarious. And why don’t people get called “nimrod” anymore? Or hear people say “forthwith?” These are valuable words, people! If we, The Literary Ones, don’t bring them back, who will? The Save the Words website can only do so much!

So what say you? Which words do you want to rescue from obscurity before they permanently fall to the wayside?

21 thoughts on “Once, Twice, Thrice

  1. I occasionally use “thrice” in my vocabulary. Glad to see it might be making a comeback.

    I'm a fan of scram as well, but I'm a fan of anything of the classic noir era (so “scram”, “what gives?”, “monkey's uncle”, “that tears it” and stuff like that is solid in my book).

    I say, we give the word “parapraxis” a chance. My browser won't even recognize it!

    Parapraxis (noun):
    “a slip of the tongue or pen, forgetfulness, misplacement of objects, or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.”

    So, like a Freudian slip, but one word.


  2. “Radical” in the non-political sense, but the eighties equivalent to “awesome”.

    IE. That Blues Brothers shirt you're wearing is radical!

    Or “wicked”, even though my grandma didn't like that.


  3. “Homey” and “Homeboy”

    Still in regular use at Chez Feliza, but so many parts of my life are like a mid-90s hip-hop movie that I guess this would be a given.


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