Here’s the word that ‘magniloquent' modified in my previous posting and I would classify it as archaic.
spoony: noun and adjective
1) A person who is silly, foolish; especially: unduly sentimental.
2) A person who is sentimentally in love.
In 19th-century British slang, spoon meant "simpleton” (a meaning that may have been influenced by the "shallowness" of some spoons). That use of "spoon" brought about the adjective "spoony" to describe a silly or foolish person. In time, the foolish manner implied by "spoony" began to take on sentimental and amorous overtones, and it soon became the perfect word for those foolishly head over heels in love. Another "spoon" is a verb referring to love-making or necking. That use of "spoon" may stem from a Welsh custom in which an engaged man presented his fiancé with an elaborately carved wooden spoon.
First known use: circa 1795
The following quotes are from Oxford English Dictionary and archived sources:
___________________________<1795 “Spoony, a foolish pretending fellow.”—A New Dictionary of all the Cant and Languages, both Ancient and Modern by H. T. Potter>
<1847 “What the deuce can she find in that spoony of a Pitt Crawley?”—Vanity Fair (1848) by Thackeray, xxxiv, page 301>
<1878 “Pen calls him a spoony, and ridicules him unmercifully.”— Chaperon's Cares by M. C. Jackson, I. v. page 57>
<1989 “She voices wariness of a patient getting ‘spoony’ around her . . .”—Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois), 24 September>
<1999 “He sends his wife a single cello-phaned red rose every Friday and she calls him ‘my spoony old thing.’”—Daily Mail (London), 27 August>
<2013 “‘And in that consecrated spot, she and I sat and talked until late in the evening,’ he writes, as if he were some spoony undergraduate who had been desperately hoping to get off with her.”—New Statesman (1996), 13 December>
<2017 “I posit that, in effect, gamers too often become spoony, foolishly enamored with their video game machines, sentimentally—and unduly—attached to them and singing their praises far and wide for anyone to hear.”—Super Power, Spoony Bards, and Silverware: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System by D. Arsenault, page 9>
Ken Greenwald — April 25, 2018