Written by Cassidy Krygger

If you haven’t watched the hilarious Canadian television comedy Schitt’s Creek yet, you are missing out. 

Created by and starring father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek is about a wealthy family who loses all their money and must go live in a small town. Filled with hilarious but truthful characters, Schitts Creek succeeds in the fine art of comedy without poking fun at anybody, humanity and inclusivity all rolled into one.  

Yet perhaps the true star of the show is Moria Rose played by the legendary Catherine O’Hara. Moira is the Rose family matriarch, a washed-up soap star and has an astoundingly glamorous wig for every occasion. But what truly makes her fascinatingly funny is her accent that has throwbacks to early Hollywood cinema and the extensive vocabulary that accompanies it. 

Where do the words come from? 

The comedic genius herself told Entertainment Weekly 

I have a couple of books that have arcane and archaic words that nobody’s ever heard and it’s funny to play with my dialogue a bit and… accessorize with a few of those words.

So without further ado, here are (in my humble opinion) Moira Rose’s most fabulous 20 words and their meanings. 

Pettifogging: Placing undue emphasis on petty details. 


Frippet: A frivolous or showy young woman.


Chanteuse: A female singer of popular songs.


Confabulate: Engage in conversation.

Bombilate: Buzz.


Callipygian: Having well-shaped buttocks.


Heuristic: Enabling a person to discover or learn something about themselves.


Peccadillo: A minor fault or sin.


Toggery: Clothing


Penury: A state of extreme poverty.

Largesse: Generosity in bestowing money or gift on others. 


Ennui: Boredom


Reciprocity: The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.


Bailiwick: A person’s area of skill. 


Assuage: Make an unpleasant feeling less intense.


Chinwag: A friendly conversation. 

Dewdropper: A young man who sleeps all day and doesn’t have a job

Unasonous: Characterized by equal stupidity.

Bedevil: Cause great and continual trouble to. 

Bebe: A baby.


All six seasons of Schitt’s Creek are now streaming on Netflix. 


Cassidy Krygger

Cassidy Krygger

Hollywood Reporter

Cassidy Krygger is an actress and writer with a passion for film, history and media. With qualifications in Social Media Marketing and a Acting for Film and Television, our shining star Cass is fantatical about old world Hollywood and has an impressive Instagram following of 40,000+ 

Alongside this, Cassidy has a passionate interest in making a positive change in the world, and this passion flows through into the media work she contributes to as part of the Ponderings team.

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