Popppycock, and other words we really should be using more #SONA2015

Let’s leave the politics aside from the State of the Nation Address, just for a moment. Why? Because it’s über-technical and, mainly, I don’t have the head or heart to get into it right now (thanks to manflu of death, mostly).

Suffice to say, the address — known by its popular SONA abbreviation, or #SONA2015 social media tag — was a lot of chaos, wrapped up in a blanket of chaos, laid in a basket of chaos and put into a river of chaos for King Chaos of Egypt to find. And it was a mega South African event, if memeburn are to be believed, so we can’t ignore it entirely.

While not ignoring it, I’d rather focus on one of the lighter moments. Strangely, it came in the middle of something quite serious. The EFF had just caused chaos and the DA was demanding answers, and then this man stood up:

Mangosuthu Buthelezi stole the show at SONA last night thanks to, (A) his outfit and, (B) his use of a classic and under-used word.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi stole the show at SONA last night thanks to, (A) his outfit and, (B) his use of a classic and under-used word. Pic via PowerFM on Twitter

He said he was disgusted by the scenes in Parliament. And he was right to be disgusted, because it was disgusting. But then he used the greatest word ever used in the House: POPPYCOCK.

POPPYCOCK

This got me thinking, surely there are other great words that us modern day folks (hell, that makes me sound so old) are missing out on. What did I do? I went to Google, of course, and I found some.

FOPDOODLE (n.)

The perfect name for “an insignificant fellow” — Webster described this word as “vulgar and not used.”

— Huffington Post

I would advise you to check out An A to Z of Noah Webster’s Finest Forgotten Words as well as this Lifehack piece on forgotten words that should be brought back.

Comment below, if you’re so inclined, and let me know which ones you’ll lobby for to be reintroduced!

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