I suppose you may never have noticed, but isn't it strange how
many meaningless but popular words for
Many of them of course are now hopelessly dated –
nobody has used “ruddy” or “chubser” for at least a
century – but there are also a few that have survived
by becoming sex/drugs/
You may imagine that groovy is a counter‐example, but as a matter of fact gnuibheadh is an old Gaelic word for salmon – as in “Beinn Gnuibheadh” (pronounced “ben groovy”), a mountain near Loch Rannoch, which is widely suspected of being the “Mons Graupius” of Arthurian legend.