Another favourite from the good old days of the Word of the Day is Frippery. I think it first made it into the esteemed vocabulary suite because it sounded nice. It’s a kind of whimsical, frivolous sounding word. It was what I imagined fish did when they were taken out of water and tried to twist and turn themselves back into the sea. It was a word that sounded like it had come straight from a Blackadder episode.
I particularly like its meaning/s:
- Pretentious, showy finery
- Something trivial, nonessential or unimportant
I’ll often throw the word into conversation to make me feel like I am somehow residing in medieval England…. “Enough of your frippery good sir”.
I probably need help.