Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Words we don't use anymore No. 2


As in, a holiday flatlet: 'We're staying in a super little flatlet right on the front at Clovelly'.

Does anyone look forward to going to a flatlet these days - did they ever? Does anyone own a flatlet? There's something a bit bleak about it.

What's the modern word for flatlet? It must be the smarter, more urban chic 'apartment'.

Correct me if I'm wrong.


Matthew Rudd said...

A chalet?

A Kitten in a Brandy Glass said...

A studio, is that the modern equivalent?

My mother still says "kitchenette" all the time, despite the fact that my parents' kitchen is fairly large. I think she thinks it's just a posh word for it.

Matthew Rudd said...

My grandparents always used to say "back kitchen", despite not having a front version.

Planet Mondo said...

Another words darning - as in the Eleanor Rigby lyric - "Darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there"

When was the last time anyone darned anything? - It all goes in the bin (or recycling bag) now.

Bright Ambassador said...

My mother is a big fan of 'shoplets', they're shops within a larger building.
Example: "We went to that Pease Hall in Halifax - there's some lovely shoplets selling bits."

Ishouldbeworking said...

I'm pretty sure 'flatlet' fell out of use when people realised it actually meant "hastily erected, planning-permission dodging, single-room, breeze-block construction plonked on top of garage by unscrupulous seaside landlord in attempt to maximise seasonal income".