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  • Stan:
    Among my favorites:
    sockdolager (with a hard g) – mid-nineteenth century; something or someone, really special, a deal-closing action.
    disremember – forget, early 19th century.
    fangle – make or fashion; back-formation from new-fangled
    warmish – a bit warm (I first heard it one summer over forty years ago in Maine) pronounced kn the Down-East Dialect as “WAH-mish.

  • Those are great, Marc. Sockdolager is a wonderfully weird word, and looking it up I see its origin is suitably mysterious. (I notice that several dictionaries give a soft-g pronunciation for it.) Fangle deserves wider currency. I’ll try not to disremember it.

  • Stan:
    Just to clarify: what I meant by “hard” g was a mis-characterization. I should have said that the “g” was pronounced like the “j” in jar.

  • Touchous in East Texas also means that something, such as operating a complicated mechanism, requires a delicate touch. That is, it requires a careful manipulation to use.
    A true example, “This Polaroid camera is touchous.” circa 1970s. This was said by an elderly uncle, but I heard the word from other people who were in their 70s and 80s in the 1950s.
    Probably derived from touchy, meaning someone has to be treated delicately.