Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wisify

While looking up the word wishy-washy in the OED, I came across this obsolete nonce word, which means "to make wise."

1938, at a grocery at 324 E. 61st Street (Walker Evans)
 [via Vanished Americana]


Wishy-washy, by the bye, is the adjectival form of the noun wish-wash.

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