The Forgotten English Vocabularies
Like everything else, language changes and evolves over time, especially so in these days of mass communication, memes, easy cultural exchange and increasing standardization of a global ‘internet language.’
Whether this is to our benefit or detriment is up to you to decide, but the reality is that in a more visually oriented world, our vocabularies are decreasing. What to do about this? Read more? Buy a dictionary? Get together a crew and perform one of Shakespeare’s plays in your living room?
Well, a good place to start is to check out this awesome list that we have compiled. Satisfyingly descriptive, amusing and sometimes bafflingly unnecessary words from ye olden times that you can impress your mates with!
- Fudgel – Pretending to work while actually doing nothing (18th century).
- Dysania – Extreme difficulty getting out of bed (1900’s).
- Ultracrepidarian – Someone who gives opinions on subjects they know nothing about (19th century).
- Kakistocracy – Government by the least qualified or worst people (19th century).
- Twattling – Gossiping idly about unimportant things (16th century).
- Lanspresado – Someone who almost conveniently shows up with no money (18th century).
- Croke – Someone who stares at you while you eat, hoping you will share (Old scots language).
- Slugabed – A person who stays in bed after the usual or proper time to get up (16th century).
- Frobly-mobly – Neither well nor unwell (18th century).
- Uhtceare –Lying awake and worrying about the day ahead (Old English).
- Perendinate – To put off until the day after tomorrow (19th century).
- Philogrobilized – Having a hangover without actually admitting to actually drinking (19th Century).
- Callipygian – Having beautifully well shaped buttocks (19th century).
- Peg puff – A young woman with the manners of an old one (Old scots English)
- Crumbletonians – People who are angry or unhappy with their government (17th Century).
- Shivviness – The uncomfortable feeling of wearing new underwear (Old English).
- Snolly goster – A shrewd unprincipled person, especially a politician (19th century).
- Abligurition – Spending large amount of money on food (17th century).
- Cacoethes – Irresistible urge to do something inadvisable (16th century).
- Crufeling – To be wrapped up in a comfortable manner (Old Scots Language).
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