Alan’s newsletter “Too Many Words”, which I relished reading, as usual, has given me something to chew on. I wasn’t at all aware that words like ‘nice’, ‘terrible’, ‘horrible’ and ‘awful’ have seen better days, though I did hear that ‘awfully’ might sound a bit posh and I think I had read somewhere before that ‘nice’ doesn’t mean much today.
These are words that I use a lot, therefore my English must sound terribly old-fashioned – though hopefully in a quaint way . My saying so is useless, of course (I have a feeling that ‘of course’ is another ‘out’ expression), but I refuse to let the word ‘nice’ be scorned and then get into oblivion! Does it really sound so outdated? To my ears it has a nice sound to it, or maybe it’s only due to its positive meaning.
Now I feel that I’ve missed out on something or that the world is spinning too fast for me… Help! . Maybe it’s the stuff I read (though I haven’t had much time for this beloved pastime of mine lately, especially since I’m hooked on ‘English-testnetting’ – how’s that for a new word?). I can only hope that if I go on participating in these forums, my English will become more up-to-date and it will help me keep abreast of new words.
Come to think of it, why don’t we have a forum or at least a thread about lost words or words that are not ‘in’ anymore and their substitutes? I, for one, have a very keen interest in this subject. Maybe just a list of ‘in’ and ‘out’ words/expressions would do. Thank you for at least thinking about it.