A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine who also happens to be a fantastic wordsmith had a conversation about archaic words that need to be revived. This happened as a result of a US Senate candidate being quoted and using such a word. (I’ll bring that word up in a later post).
Thus, birthed the idea for the revival of archaic political words that should be dashed into the political vernacular of today’s narrative.
Today’s word is Haberdashery.
From Merriam Webster:
- goods sold by a haberdasher
- a haberdasher’s shop
Haberdasher is defined as:
- British : a dealer in notions
- a dealer in men’s clothing and accessories
Turning to Wikipedia, we receive this description of Haberdasher:
The word appears in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Haberdashers were initially peddlers, sellers of small items such as needles, buttons, etc.
Within the political vernacular, one oftentimes hears this word in reference to a politician attempting to peddle their message. “That’s pure political haberdashery!” a politician may use in a quote.
Finally, the most contemporary reference to a haberdasher would be to that of the late President Harry S. Truman who before becoming President, owned a haberdashery in downtown Kansas City.
The next time you hear some political candidate ranting about some insignificant non-issue, remember to call it what it is – haberdashery!