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