Questions tagged [antiquated]

Antiquated language that may no longer be used in contemporary language, except with the intention of illustrating the language of a particular past period.

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Omitting "thou" after "hast" or "art" in questions (as in "Hast seen the White Whale?")

My understanding is that in standard modern English, an explicit grammatical subject is required in all sentences other than imperatives. However, I've come across across a few examples where the ...
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I am glad you are come

In the Middlemarch novel by George Elliot, in the chapter 22 of the book three, Dorothea said to Will Ladislaw, a cousin of Mr.Casaubon, I am glad you are come…. This is not a printing error, but I ...
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Looking for a slang term to describe the act of picking valuable minerals from mining tailings

Someone once saw me picking out cashews from a bowl of mixed nuts and said I was [forgotten slang verb here]. I asked what that verb meant and she explained that it was a slang term that miners used ...
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"Within me" or "within myself"

I always hesitate between within me or within myself when the subject is I. Is there a rule that can help me decide? For example, in this sentence The fullness of life that we receive within us/...
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Word for "object of malignant joy"

I would need a literary synonym of toy, but which would also have the nuance of object of malignant joy. I would like to use it in the context of someone becoming the toy (?) of some evil powers ...
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"... His entreaties which are hearkened/hearkened unto by God"

The verb to hearken is an archaic verb which I need to use for my translation into KJV Bible style of English. I see it used with the prepositions to and unto in the KJV, but never in this structure: ...
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