Forgotten Words

Forgotten Words #18 Raddlings

I am contemplating waiting two weeks between each forgotten word. It seems a more natural rhythm, even though this is Sunday, instead of my usual Saturday.


I wanted to pick two words this week, since they both can be tied to current events (mainly politics).

Raddlings [noun] money employed in bribing at elections

Raw-Gabbit [noun] speaking confidently on a subject of which one is ignorant.


You can understand why both of these forgotten words can ring true in the political spectrum today. It seems every (or most) politicians are in the pockets of some big industry, their interests shared. And speaking on subjects one is ignorant of is almost a predecessor to politics, it seems.


Kacirk, Jeffrey. The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Ever Forgotten. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000. 156-157. Print.