19th century vocabulary — Oleaginous
Don’t confuse oleaginous with oleo as you enjoy this 19th century vocabulary lesson.
If it has two o’s, it’s not butter.
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Oleaginous: rich in, covered with, or producing oil — “Benjamin Odell, a former Queensbury yeoman, now of Greenwich, Washington County, brought a large supply of butter to Glens Falls yesterday and disposed of the oleaginous compound to our merchants.” — The Morning Star of Glens Falls, Jan. 7, 1888
Continuing in the dairy category —
Lacteal: of milk — “Stevens, the vendor of lacteal fluid, has put a new cart on the road. On the panel of the box is painted the suggestive legend: ‘Pure cow’s milk.’” — The Morning Star, May 24, 1888
More vocabulary words
- Desideratum: something that is needed of wanted — “Prophesies are freely made that Fort Edward, Glens Falls, South Glens Falls and Sandy Hill will ultimately be combined into one municipal corporation. The fact that these villages are located in three counties may delay the desideratum.” — Troy Press, in an article republished Feb.27,1891 in The Granville Sentinel.
- Apace: swiftly, quickly — “We cast aside all innate modesty to say that the circulation of The Star grows apace. The subscription list was increased yesterday to the extent of thirty-three copies.” — The Morning Star, Dec. 21, 1887
Dilatory: slow to act — “Some of our correspondents are a little dilatory in sending in reports of happenings in their respective towns. They will oblige us by being a little more prompt in the future.” — The Morning Star, April 13, 1888
Ardent: When used as a noun it refers to an alcoholic beverage that brings fire and warmth — “There are sixty-eight places in town where the ardent may be obtained.” — The Morning Star, May 16, 1888
Polyglot: Knowing or using several languages — “The great petition of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union is on its way from Chicago with nearly a million signatures of people who are for the prohibition of liquor and opium traffic. … The petition is a veritable polyglot, having been signed in forty languages and every part of the world.” — The Granville Sentinel, Nov. 13, 1891.