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3 Dated Words That Deserve A Comeback


Americans—and I think people in other countries—love a comeback story.

There’s George Washington and the miracle he pulled off at Valley Forge, Robert Downey Jr., who went from so moonbeamed on crack that he fell asleep in a strangers house to Tony Stark, and Damian Damianson, demoted to the NBA G league last year only to win the Finals MVP.

That last one is a fabrication. Just checking to see if you’re paying attention. 

If people deserve a comeback, then I submit that so do words. 

You can find previous blog posts about words here, here, and here.

It’s time to expand your mind. 

1. Kerfuffle


A word of Scottish origin, "kerfuffle" refers to a fuss or commotion, particularly one caused by conflicting views. 

In our times of constant debate and social media uproar, couldn't we all use a more whimsical word to describe the endless bickering we encounter? Next time you find yourself in a heated discussion or witness a social media storm, try saying, "What a kerfuffle!" and notice how it might lighten the mood.

Or just do yourself a favor, and stay off of social media altogether.

2. Ne'er-do-well


Oh God, do I love this one. 

I mean, say it out loud. 

This term was used to describe an individual who was good for nothing or a scoundrel. 

With the rise of anti-heroes and complex characters in modern literature and cinema, "ne'er-do-well" could be the perfect descriptor for those morally ambiguous characters we can't help but love. It carries a classic, literary flair that can add sophistication to our understanding of human complexity.

But at the end of the day, if you want to shame someone, you call them this. 

3. Crapulous 


No, it's not a fancy way to say "crappy." 

Crapulous is a word used to describe the feeling of being sick after excessive eating or drinking. Correction; it is a fancy way to say “crappy.” 

With the ever-present culture of indulgence and binge-watching, this word may find its place again. After your next holiday feast or weekend binge of your favorite series, you’ll likely be in a state of crapulousness.  

Let's not let these delicious words fade into obscurity. Make them part of your lexicon, and enjoy the flavor they add to your daily conversation.

About the Author, David Telisman







I am a Writer and Content Creator, and I work with businesses to inspire their customers to buy from them. I believe that my clients deserve to feel proud of how their content marketing looks and what it says, and I deliver by providing expert copywriting and marketing solutions.

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