Last week I was watching some Three Stooges videos. One was about the guys in merry olde England. And one of the words they used a lot was “forsooth”. An interesting word.
I wonder why we don’t say “forsooth” more often. It’s so deliciously snarky. According to Le Dictionary, it’s “used to give an ironic politeness to questions”. Ironic politeness. That’s a thing and that’s a thing I need to make more use of.
For example, next time some lovely gal starts dating a guy I think is a perfect time to use "forsooth". She can say something like “Forsooth, I think he is swell.” And everyone will think she's being nice when she's really saying he is a Jerky McJerkerson. It’s ironic politeness because social conventions dictates that she has to be cordial because her friends like him, but her inner truth dictates that she despises the very sight of him. “Forsooth allows me to maintain my borderline socially acceptable behavior and keep my inner truth happy." There! Girl is up for the win.
I feel like this “forsooth” thing can really going to work out well for me, prepare yourselves for excessive amounts of ironic politeness. Also, I may occasionally use it as a substitute curse word. For example, if I were to drop a heavy book on my toe, I would say “FORSOOTH!”, or if I found out that someone was talking behind my back about me I could say “He’s a forsoothing forsoother.”
Wow, this word is a gold mine!
Forsooth - my wife's brother is such a nice guy!