We know of elephant graveyards, junkyards for discarded vehicles, and cemeteries for our own interment, but where do words go when they die? Wouldn’t you agree that when words or phrases are no longer uttered or written, they’ve become extinct? Granted, it was time for some of them to go, seeing as how weird they are, but I think a few of them may need reviving and reintroduction into the English language.
First up is the word unky. What does it mean, you wonder? Well it means “lonesome.” But at first glance, you might think it was related to “funky,” as in the song lyric, “Play that funky music, white boy.” I’m just glad this one wasn’t part of Hank Williams Sr.’s vocabulary, because, quite frankly I don’t think “I’m So Unky I Could Cry” would’ve caught on as a hit song.
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