Now a Word

I love words. As a kid, I used to tear out pages from my word-of-the-day calendar and paste them to my bedroom walls. So you can imagine my love of word lists! Here's a recent one from Mental Floss that highlights words that are actually older (in usage) than they seem.


9. Funky

The application of “funky” to music came during the jazz age and started showing up in print in the 1950s, but the “strong smell” sense had been around long before that. Since the 1600s, “funk” was slang for the stale smell of tobacco smoke, and by extension, anything that stank. Cheeses, rooms, and especially ship’s quarters could be described as “funky.”