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This University Wants You To Start Using These Forgotten Words

One News Page Staff Sunday, 17 September 2017
This University Wants You To Start Using These Forgotten Wordsby 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

Language has a weird way of evolving over the years – to the point where we only recently witnessed a crying emoji named ‘word of the year’ – and this does sadly mean that many words and meanings are rather lost to the ravages and floods of time. This is all thanks to changes in usage, trends, societal shifts and more besides – and we only have our books and vast historic tomes to help us remember some of the more bizarre terms from centuries past.

According to reports, there are 30 such words which researchers at the University of York are keen for us to start using on a regular basis again. Can it be possible for certain words to re-enter our everyday lexicon so easily? It’s thought that the aim is to try and encourage ‘everyday English’ to return to common usage. The 30 words selected by researchers have been picked for their potential relevance to the modern age – and if you fancy trying to use one or two of them yourself, here’s the full list with definitions!

Ambodexter – Someone easily bribed by both parties

Awhape – To confound or astound

Betrump – To deceive

Coney-catch – Similarly, to dupe or to trick

Dowsabel – A female sweetheart

Ear-rent – Tied in with ‘talking one’s ear off’ – the cost in doing so

Fumish – Can mean either passionate or prone to temper

Hugge – Shake – either in fear or in frosty temperatures

Hugger-mugger – Something hidden away

Losenger – A deceitful flatterer

Man-millinery – The vanity of a male

Merry-go-sorry – The odd combination of joy and sorrow simultaneously

Momist – Someone who harshly criticizes

Nickum – Again, a deceitful or dishonest person

Parget – To paint or plaster oneself

Peacockize – To strut like a peacock

Percher – Someone who climbs the social ladder

Quacksalver – A dishonest person who claims medicinal know-how

Rouker – A rumor-monger

Rouzy-bouzy – To be disorderly while drunken

Ruff – To be boastful or a braggard

Sillytonian – Someone easily deceived or downright silly

Slug-a-bed – A late sleeper

Snout-fair – Someone dashing or handsome

Stomaching – To be consumed by anger

Swerk – To be troubled or consumed by sadness

Teen – To irritate, annoy

Tremblable – To instil dread

Wasteheart – To express concern

Wlonk – Wonderful or magnificent

If you’re the sort of person likely to want to betrump a slug-a-bed when you’re peacockizing in a rouzy-bouzy manner, you may want to reintroduce these magnificent terms – take your pick and spread them far and wide!

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