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Freddy Woo writes, "My wife thinks calling the front room a lounge is common. Worse, a friend of hers recently admonished her daughter for calling a toilet, a toilet. Lavatory darling. It's lavatory."

My own mother refused to let me use the word 'oblong' instead of 'rectangle'. Which is just odd, to be honest.

What stuff do you think is common?

(, Thu 16 Oct 2008, 16:06)
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A list of things that aren't common enough:
Common courtesy
Common knowledge
Common sense
the usage of the word "tomfoolery"
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:19, 15 replies)
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:22, closed)
I approve so much
I now require new underpants.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:26, closed)
Can we also have "jiggery-pokery"?
A particular favourite of mine.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:32, closed)
I have just returned from some 'tom-stoolery' in the bathroom.

Rats, I just realised that talking about WCs is common.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:33, closed)
I like 'tomfoolery'. I also like 'twilight' and 'hooplah'. Lets bring back good words from the past! My flatmate refered to dusk as 'the gloaming' the other day, which makes it sound much more interesting!
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:38, closed)
People should excuse light clumsiness with "whoops-a-daisy"

Light clumsiness such as stumbling on a doorstep or bumping into someone.

Not heavy clumsiness such as losing a limb to agricultural machinery or dropping a tray of anthrax and sarin.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:44, closed)
I'm quite fond of
a) shenanigans, and;
b) gusset.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 15:55, closed)
For tomfoolery
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 16:19, closed)
I like
Discombobulated as a word. Partly because if people ask what it means, they are.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 16:23, closed)
Damn skippy.
Also, I see your "tomfoolery" and raise you a "gallimaufry".
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 16:47, closed)
Well played.
Also, I'm partial to "yowza" and "rannygazoo". They go well together and are uncommonly common.
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 17:20, closed)
and let's give two hips and a hooray for
(, Fri 17 Oct 2008, 18:12, closed)
another neglectologism
Personally, I can't get enough of 'gewgaws' - they're everywhere!
(, Sat 18 Oct 2008, 12:56, closed)
This thread
Has some truly amazing words in it
(, Sun 19 Oct 2008, 8:44, closed)
And yet nobody has thus far mentioned

(Possibly because it's no longer polite to refer to Vietnamese turkeys in this way.)

(, Sun 19 Oct 2008, 18:14, closed)

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