I am trying to create a scale of descriptive words. I have new content being described as "fresh" thinking of describing old content just as "old" unless you have any other suggestions.

My issue is what to describe content that is neither new or old. Looking for one word.

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    @FumbleFingers actually the missing tags should be "website-design" and "variable-naming" and subject to the same rule as a hypothetical "do-my-homework" tag. – JeffSahol Aug 18 '15 at 21:23
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    @JeffSahol: That's a good point. In an awful lot of cases, requests like this are only posted because the OP wants a "context-specific" label for the middle option (on a web form or similar) meaning neither of these two extremes apply. I assume some people are neither attracted to nor repelled by questions like this (but - wouldn't you know it? I can't think of an English word that means somewhere between "attracted" and "repelled" :) – FumbleFingers Aug 18 '15 at 21:26
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    @FumbleFingers but, but...there's another word I cannot think of, one that means "attracted and repelled at the same time"...like the reaction some people have to a car wreck, or the Kardashians. I may have to post... – JeffSahol Aug 18 '15 at 21:46
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    Recent can be appropriate, if you exclude "most recent". Also, the content may be superseded, i.e. replaced by new content. – Graffito Aug 18 '15 at 22:02
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    Fresh >> Ripe >> Stale – JHCL Aug 18 '15 at 22:24

Aging (US)

Works well here I would say.

Fresh --> Aging --> Old

I particularly like the present continuous tense, as it's in the process of becoming old, whilst simultaneously becoming less fresh.

Edit: As per Chenmunka's comment, Ageing is the equivalent UK spelling.

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    Or, if you're British, ageing. – Chenmunka Aug 4 '16 at 13:52

In the comments, @User116032 suggested:


Which I think is ideal; per Macmillan, it means:

no longer modern or fashionable

  • This suggestion doesn't seem suitable to me. I'd consider "dated" a synonym of "old." – sumelic Aug 5 '16 at 6:32

Depending on the type of content you want to classify, classical can be opposed to "fresh" thinking, it has more positive connotations that dusty old. Current can be used to describe the current mainstream, so it is not deprecated but isn't novel either.

So you could have categories as : Fresh / Current / Classics

And to have 3 C's, that could be Crisp new / Current / Classics

  • Downvotes without comments are not either helpful or fair. – Joce Aug 5 '16 at 7:47
  • "Current" seems to me to be more of a synonym of "new" than a term for "neither new nor old." Now that I look at this answer again though, it seems like a pretty good suggestion. I'd remove my downvote if I could (the vote is now locked in until the question is edited). Mind if I edit your post to take out the "EDIT" note in the middle? It's a bit distracting. Or you could make some kind of edit yourself, of course, and then notify me. – sumelic Aug 5 '16 at 11:16
  • @sumelic: I've edited tso that it is actually presented as an answer to the original question. – Joce Aug 5 '16 at 11:33

I suggest inactive, which can be used in the following sense:

: no longer being used : not currently being used

The idea is that the content is becoming old by not being kept up to date.

Otherwise, to follow your fresh scheme:


I still like tween, but it is inappropriate in this context.

  • I like inactive too. The fresh-stale-rotten might make a user think a food is fresh stale or rotten, not recent or old... – Mike Aug 18 '15 at 22:37
  • I don't think this is a good fit because the original question didn't specify if the age is related to activity. Furthermore, to me, it seems like the most inactive posts would be the oldest ones, not the ones of intermediate age. – sumelic Aug 5 '16 at 6:34
  • @sumelic As is often the case with English, the right word depends on intent. I offered my interpretation of intent based upon the use of the term content. – jxh Aug 5 '16 at 7:10
  • I can see how it could be interpreted that way. The main problem is I don't think the question is clear enough to allow a good answer to be posted. – sumelic Aug 5 '16 at 7:13
  • @sumelic I would judge an answer based on its own merits rather than on the merits of the question. But, it's your vote. – jxh Aug 5 '16 at 7:21


  1. something that is usual, typical, or standard. –Google

Between old and new, there is the norm.


In some IT contexts, legacy is used as an adjective to discuss old or original systems.

From Dictionary.Com:

of or relating to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.

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