Here is a seasonal Top 10. I started, having sung “O Come All Ye Faithful”,* with thither, fain and oblation.
- Hark. Nominated by Charlie McW. Politicians should do more harking to the voters if they want to stay in touch.
- Herald. Nominated by Sheila Hooper. All press officers should be renamed heralds.
- Tidings. “We need more tidings,” says Sean Kemp, who used to be a Liberal Democrat herald himself. Instead of press releases, heralds should issue embargoed tidings.
- Wassail. “I love a good wassail,” says Joanne Lake. Don’t we all?
- Yon, suggests Tom Freeman. Yonder, adds Lucy Hunter Johnston.
- Afar. Nominated by Francis Wheen. Where’s Brimingham? Afar. That sort of thing. Opposite of nigh (nominated by Nick Perry).
- Affright. Also from Francis Wheen.
- Verily. William Barter.
- Lowing. Sheila Hooper again. All children’s books will have to be altered, moo, moo, becoming low, low.
- Swaddling. Nominated by Patrick Kidd. Excellent idea for rebranding a product with an environmentally doubtful reputation: it can henceforth be sold as “disposable swaddling”.
No room, sadly for morn, spake, yea and begotten.
And the best suggestion came from Mark Bassett:
“How about starting sentences with O rather than the awful So?”
First published in the Independent on 19th December 2014.