Monday, July 2, 2012

Word of the Week - Whatnot

Waaaaaaaaay back in 2006 when I started submitting a historical manuscript, I had an editor respond saying that some of words were too modern. Like "whatnot."

Now, I won't argue that some of my words were indeed too modern. But that she chose that one as an example gave me a chuckle. =)

Whatnot dates to the 1530s, meaning "anything." It's a very literal world, from what + not. Even as a piece of furniture, it's from the early 1800s, named after the items it's meant to hold. I personally love tossing this word into a historical--it's one that feels old, yet is still in occasional use today so is easy to understand.

On a not-word-related note, I'm in one of the areas hit by the severe storms/tornadoes over the weekend, and while we didn't even lose power at our house, my parents are still without electricity, and it's going to take a long time to clean up all the damage from felled trees at my mother-in-law's house--prayers appreciated!


  1. Praying for your area, and your parent and in-laws. I have to laugh at your word of choice, cuz I watched a show last night with a character where that was her "catchphrase." Wondering if you saw it too ;)

    1. LOL, actually no, Joanne, I didn't see that last night. I must be on your brainwave, though. ;-)

      And thanks!

  2. Little House books introduced me to the furniture pieces. So glad you are ok, but will pray for the family and area.

  3. Whatnot is a fun word! I need to use it more often. :)