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There seem to be more and more unfamiliar words being used by teenagers just as there are mysterious words in our world of collecting. Many are new to me. At a recent design show, they used the word “artiture.” An article on furniture mentioned “burl mahogany” and “flakes” when describing cut wood. The 19th-century medicine bottles used words that are strange today. A study of bitters bottle labels included “dyspepsia,” “ague,” “consumption” and “hepatic.” I gave up on “costiveness.”

What do they all mean? Artiture is a new short word for "art furniture." It describes furniture with new, unfamiliar shapes and materials. Does that mean we will soon call unusual art pottery “artery”?

Dyspepsia is indigestion; ague is a fever that comes and goes, perhaps hot flashes; consumption is tuberculosis; and hepatic is a problem with the liver. Any suggestions for costiveness?


Photo: Antique Bottle & Glass Collector / Robert Strickhart




#25 At last! A cure for my costiveness!AnnDrew 2018-12-08 12:25
It does say 'constipation' on the Bitters bottle you show.
I wonder what "Grippe" is though. And "Rickets". I've heard those before, but haven't a clue.
@lclane33: LMAO!
@Gladys3373: Excellent idea! I'll speak with Charles about that.
#24 CostivenessAlixzzz 2018-12-06 09:52
It seems the word has been around a long time. But... what have our teenagers turned it into? I'll bet they think it means something is expensive. "I wanted to buy that but it's costivness was just too high." (My spell checker just told me to use costliness.) Hmmm.
#23 RE: Costiveness, What's That?arseholes 2018-12-06 08:15
Definition of costive. 1a : affected with constipation. b : causing constipation. 2 : slow in action or expression. 3 : not generous : stingy.
#22 CostivenessCarolinaWren 2018-12-06 06:43
Dictionarydotco m says this:


having constipation; constipated

Derived Forms
costively , adverb
costiveness , noun

Word Origin for costive
C14: from Old French costivé, from Latin constipātus; see constipate

Not sure this is what the young-uns today mean, but I think this is smile-worthy.
#21 Just for clarification about costiveness. agueBabycatcher 2018-12-06 02:40
Costiveness is constipation.
#20 Just for clarification about agueBabycatcher 2018-12-06 02:38
Ague is an old fashioned term for Malaria.
#19 RE: Costiveness, What's That?ealman1211 2018-12-05 22:58
Am I allowed go to Google?
costiveness : Suffering from constipation.
#18 Definition of costivenessGladys3373 2018-12-05 22:11
According to Merriam-Webster it is simply constipation. It derives from the Middle French, costive', but does have Latin origins, constipatus. I like it's alternative meaning: not generous, STINGY. It sounds like a word Dickens would have used!
#17 CostivenessJLWilliams73 2018-12-05 20:28
Costiveness is an old word for constipation.
#16 Costivenessjezebellydancer 2018-12-05 20:13
Costiveness refers to being constipated. My grandmother used to use the work costive all the time.

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