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#EngVocab: Other ways to say ‘Old’

We have collected seven words – among many – that you can use to describe old things. Here they are:

  1. Ancient. Meaning: dating from very long ago¹.
    • Example:
      • “These ancient ruins were once a glorious palace.”
  2. Antique. Meaning: made in typical of earlier time and valued for its age²Antique is commonly used to describe a piece of porcelain ware or furniture which is valued for its beauty and rarity.
    • Example:
      • “That antique mirror is probably worth over ten thousand dollars.”
  3. Archaic. Meaning: extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period². It also means no longer current or applicable³.
    • Example:
      • “The archaic notion that a woman’s place is in the home now begins to disappear.”
  4. Venerable. Meaning: impressive by reason of age². You can also use venerable to describe a person who deserves respect because he is old and wise.
    • Example:
      • “He gave a visit to the venerable temple of Borobudur last summer.”
      • “A venerable wizard with white hair, long beard, and pointy hat climbs up the stage.”
  5. Obsolete. Meaning: no longer in use³. Something that is obsolete is no longer needed because a better thing now exists.
    • Example:
      • “In 1998, an estimated 20 million computers became obsolete every year.” (Forbes)
  6. Superannuated. Meaning: too old to be useful².
    • Example:
      • “People no longer store food in that superannuated silo.”
  7. Outdated. Meaning: no longer valid or fashionable²Outdated has the closest meaning with kadaluarsa in Bahasa Indonesia.
    • Example:
      • “I suggest you contact the office, because the information on the website is outdated.”

There you go, fellas. Old is a very general term so you can use those adjectives to describe an old thing more specifically.


  1. Collins English Dictionary
  2. WordNet 3.0
  3. American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language


Compiled and written by @fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, August 18, 2016

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#EngPic: “The Pronouns”

Greetings fellas :D Saturday is here and I hope it has not been a bad day for you all :)

Look at this #EngPic. Now tell me, what is it? What do you see? Is it a poem? Game? I am sorry, it’s abit blurry


Is it from a book? What kind of book would it be? Who is it for? When was it made?

Share your thoughts, comments, reponses with the hashtag

Yes it’s “@AubreyPlaysBass: a story”, any other guesses?

Yes it is something to do with it “@ncitraaaaaa: the pronoun’s?”

Sadly, no… “@Ernieee1203: idk, shakespeare?”

How so? “@daraamentari: seems like tarot book?”

You can say it like that.. “@AubreyPlaysBass: a folk story? Legend?”

Yes they do :) “@outer_space24: seems they bold some pronouns like I and they. Its not really clear tho”

So the book is a…

A fun grammar book for children called The Infant’s Grammar made in 1824

As this is taken from one of David Crystal’s book, I am going to quote several things he said

He stated colourful guides such as this one were popular when formal teaching of English has been established in the end

Of 18th century. Those guidance books which have rhymes, poetry, games, puns, “playful methods of exposition” seemed to be sought after. Dictionaries, spelling guides and other grammar books are selling well too at the time

So this kind of book would be used to help children understand it better and has no intention to replace any school learning books

This book seems to make the grammar groups as group of people coming to a certain gathering

Moreover the subtitle of the book is “or a Pic-nic Party of the Parts of Speech”

So what do fellas think? Are there such books existing nowadays?

It seems they were formed in such way indeed “@OKTindriani: it’s like a pieces of story i think :o”

Well of course the modern English is not as complicated as then, but such grammar books might be useful to anyone

Well I hope you enjoy the #EngPic session today :)

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on November 23, 2013


Evolving English by David Crystal