15 Silly Old-Timey Words You Need To Start Using Again
Because plenty of the phrases we use today are just a bunch of flapdoodle anyway.
1. Flapdoodle: foolish words
First known use: 1878
How to use it: Henry thinks he's a genius, but everything he tweets is pure flapdoodle!
2. Claptrap: pretentious nonsense
First known use: 1799
How to use it: Oh, Ethel, we all know you're a trust fund baby — your constant complaining about how hard it is being an artist is just claptrap.
3. Tommyrot: utter foolishness or nonsense
First known use: 1884
How to use it: Every Tinder conversation I have is full of tommyrot and goes nowhere — maybe I should just join Match instead.
4. Fiddle-faddle: nonsense (often used as an interjection)
First known use: 1577
How to use it: Oh, fiddle-faddle, William! ::throws hands in the air:: How many times did I tell you that I do NOT look good in the Mayfair filter??
5. Monkeyshine: mischievous or playful activity; a prank
First known use: circa 1832
How to use it: Quite frankly, Florence, I'm growing tired of all your monkeyshines, and you need to start acting like an adult.
6. Horsefeathers: foolish or untrue words; often used as an interjection
First known use: 1927
How to use it: I can't believe Edna canceled on me at the last minute and used the late-at-work-again excuse — she just Instagrammed a selfie with her cat. Horsefeathers, I tell ya!
7. Applesauce: nonsense
First known use: 1704
How to use it: Yeah, we broke up — I just couldn't take all his applesauce anymore, especially after I found out he still had an active OkCupid account.
8. Codswallop: nonsense (British)
First known use: 1963
How to use it: I was deathly hungover on Friday and said I had a stomach virus, but everyone knew was 100% codswallop — I should've never geotagged myself at the bar Thursday at midnight!
9. Blatherskite: a person who blathers a lot; nonsense
First known use: circa 1650
How to use it: Johnny's a real blatherskite on Facebook but I never hear two peeps outta him IRL.
10. Bafflegab: gibberish; gobbledygook
First known use: 1952
How to use it: Cut the bafflegab already, Beatrice, and talk to me in plain English instead of cryptic texts. I have no idea what smh means.
11. Stultiloquence: senseless or silly talk
First known use: circa 1913
How to use it: I went on a date with this smart and witty dude I follow on Tumblr, but our conversation was full of a bunch of stultiloquence. Maybe he was just nervous?
12. Taradiddle: a fib; pretentious nonsense
First known use: circa 1796
How to use it: Listen, Carl, I've had it up to here with all this taradiddle about how you're best friends with Harry Styles. He favorited your tweet, like, eight months ago and THAT'S IT.
13. Jiggery-pokery: dishonest or suspicious activity; trickery
First known use: circa 1892
How to use it: Hank and I were best of friends until all that jiggery-pokery he pulled when he hacked into my Facebook account and posted pictures of penises on everyone's page.
14. Piffle: trivial nonsense
First known use: 1890
How to use it: I am SO over Mildred's Snapchats! They're total piffle — I could not care less about what she has for dinner every night.
15. Humbuggery: false or deceptive behavior
First known use: 1750
How to use it: I fell for this hottie's humbuggery on Tinder — and ended up being catfished by my best friend. Sigh.