So I'm standing in Pier 1 the other day. (Because, in case you didn't know this, I'm addicted to that store. I needed room spray, what can I say?) And while there, we encountered an um... encounter? I have no idea how to say it.
"vintage words." Such as "chum." So my son, (in all sincerity) will say to me, "Hey Mama, can I invite my chum over to play?" And then I'll laugh for five solid minutes and say, "Sure. Let's give ol' Chet Morton a call!" (You either read the books or you didn't, so you either get that or you don't.) Or another example, an old beat up car from the 1990's will pass, and JJ will look out the car window and exclaim, "Hey Mama- look at that jalopy!" And then I'll laugh for five solid minutes and say, "Yeah, I wonder if they're headed to the soda shop!" (Again, you either get that, or you don't.)
But you see, there are also a few words used, such as an alternative for "happy" that rhymes with "hay" that we no longer really use to describe happiness unless we're singing Christmas Carols. Savvy? And speaking along those exact (and I do mean exact) same terms... there is another word which is used to describe something unusual or odd.. and it rhymes with "leer," but begins with a "qu" sound. Again, savvy? (And um...Yes, I am deliberately making this difficult to understand, because of my Google ads. And also, yes, I am a freak who worries about that sort of thing.)
Anyhoo... While we were perusing Pier 1 for the perfect room spray scent, we saw some odd shaped candle holders, and my son proclaimed, in a very loud 9 year old voice, "Wow. That's (insert word for unusual, that rhymes with leer, here)!" And after several fellow shoppers coughed and raised their eyebrows, I simply said, "Son. That's not really a word people use much, in this day and age."
And that's when I realized that I needed to get my son some more modern day mystery novels to read.