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Here’s the 41st annual list of banished words

In Between Happiness and Fear

In Between Happiness & Fear©

Sounds of happiness replaced by

Sounds of sadness and fear

Don’t get caught up in either

Or you will miss all that comes in between

What would you be missing, you ask?




Copyright 2015

By Felina Silver Robinson


People talk

They sometimes listen

They’re always judging

Sometimes they lie

Sometimes they’re honest

They’re often guilty

People are good at heart

Always willing

Sometimes forgetful

Often overbearing

But always needing answers

Often hopeful knowing that tomorrow holds the key to happiness

People are the answer to tomorrows problems

Together, the best is yet to come for all

Fadge (v.)

Fadge means to succeed, be suitable or to turn out well. You can also understand it to mean turnout, end up or come off.  In the Twelfth Night II.ii.33. Viola sitting alone says “How will this fadge.” Of course meaning, How will this turn out or end up. 


Caduceus (n.)

Caduceus is a heraldic wand which is entwined with two serpent heads. It is said that this is the staff of Mercury who moves at will within and transforms himself as he likes whenever he likes. In William Shakespeare’s telling of “Troilus and Cressida” (TC II.iii.12) it sites “the serpentine craft of thy caduceus,if, thou take not. 



Wapish-headed (adj.)

Wapish-headed means peevish, irascible or to be spiteful. This definitely sounds more like a Shakespearean word than yesterday’s word of Wafture, which may have been a little to clean for the average Shakespeare lover.

Backbite (v.)

Backbite means to slander, revile or to speak badly of someone. This was certainly a common act of behavior in Shakespearean times. There were many occasions in which men spoke badly of others to cast doubt on their standing to steal the women they were interested in. or the work that they had.

Sir John Gilbert’s 1849 painting: The Plays of William Shakespeare, containing scenes and characters from several of William Shakespeare‘s plays.

Galliass (n.)

A Galliass is a heavily built warship that uses sails and oars. Its appearance is definitely quite intimidating, but that was of course necessary and worked as an advantage as well as a disadvantage. The advantage being that it could house more cannons and weapons. The disadvantage being that a galliass required more workers to run it separate from those that were fighting. A Galliass is larger than a galley.


A woman that does not fulfill her marital responsibilities to her husband in their bed. It also means that either man or the woman is unfaithful in the marriage.

Cabilero (n.) & Cavaliero (adj.)

Calibero (n.) means gallant or fine fellow. It was sited in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 2 (2H4 V.iii.58 [Shallow to all] I’ll drink to Master Bardolph, and to all the cabileros about London [Q; F Cauileroes])

Cavaliero means gallant, valiant or honourable. It was sited in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor three different times (1) MW II.i.181 [The Host says to Shallow] Cavaliero justice, I say!, (2) MW II.i.1196 [The Host says Ford, of Falstaff] Hast thou no suit against my knight, my guest cavaliero?, (3) MW II.iii.67 [The Host aside says to all except Caius] Master guest, and Master Page, and eke Cavaliero Slender.)

In the cruel speech of rejection, Henry V is at some trouble to ensure that Falstaff be given no opportunity of dialogue” (Bloom 277).