archaic.old fashioned, out of date

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Topic: archaic.old fashioned, out of date.
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When talking about language which one do you use?
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  • cuchuflete

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    Hello SofiaB,

    The answer is yes.

    Please provide some background and context, so that we might have a more interesting conversation.



    I would say "archaic" usually, but I might say "old fashioned" if the word was not too ancient, but no longer used - like "wireless".
    That's not old enough a word to be referred to as "archaic", but neither is it quite "out of date". It is just an old-fashioned term for a radio.


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    US English
    Cuchu I am wondering in general terms. Does it matter how old as Maxiogee suggests? Maxiogee I see wireless for mobile/cellular phones. Although wireless as a radio I associate with Marconi.
    SofiaB said:
    When talking about language which one do you use?

    Hi SofiaB,

    Archaic is the preferred adjective for words which were used a long time ago. Many of the great (and not so great) 19th century writers used words which we now consider to be archaic. "Betwixt" = "between", "come hither" = "come here", "kine" = "cattle".

    Old-fashioned words are, as Maxiogee said, words which have gone out of popular usage but which are still understood. An old fashioned-word for a coach is "charabanc", "a frock" = "a dress", "a costume" = "a ladies' suit", "scent" = "perfume".

    Out of date words are very archaic. One could perhaps use "obsolete".

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