Good luck with squeezing these into your copywriting
Are you a sillytonian or a wlonk?
Maybe you are prone to be a little fumish or a quacksalver. Hopefully you aren’t a slug-a-bed.
It’s not as nonsensical as it sounds.
They are all actual words which have fallen into disuse.
They are part of a list of 30 lost words identified by researchers from the University of York. The team want the words reintroduced into everyday English.
The York academics spent months combing through old books and dictionaries. Led by linguistics lecturer Dominic Watt they unearthed their list of forgotten gems.
Mr Watt said: “As professional linguists and historians of English we were intrigued by the challenge of developing a list of lost words that are still relevant to modern life, and that we could potentially campaign to bring back into modern day language.
“We’ve identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with language of old.”
But it’s always fun to look at old English words.
For those with an interest in ye olde English the full list of forgotten words is below.
You may like to print them out for the next time you play Scrabble.
Ambodexter – One who takes bribes from both sides
Awhape – To amaze, stupefy with fear, confound utterly
Betrump – To deceive, cheat, elude, slip from
Coney-catch – To swindle, cheat, trick, dupe, deceive
Dowsabel – Applied generically to a sweetheart, ‘lady-love’
Ear-rent – The figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk
Hugger-mugger – Concealment, secrecy
Nickum – A cheating or dishonest person
Quacksalver – A person who dishonestly claims knowledge of or skill in medicine; a pedlar of false cures
Rouker – A person who whispers or murmurs; one who spreads tales or rumours
Man-millinery – Suggestive of male vanity or pomposity
Parget – To daub or plaster (the face or body) with powder or paint
Snout-fair – Having a fair countenance; fair-faced, comely, handsome
Slug-a-bed – One who lies long in bed through laziness
Losenger – A false flatterer, a lying rascal, a deceiver
Momist – A person who habitually finds fault; a harsh critic
Peacockize – To behave like a peacock, to pose or strut ostentatiously
Percher – A person who aspires to a higher rank or status; an ambitious or self-assertive person
Rouzy-bouzy – Boisterously drunk
Ruff – To swagger, bluster, domineer. To ruff it out or to brag or boast of a thing
Sillytonian – A silly or gullible person, one considered as belonging to a notional sect of such people
Wlonk – Proud, haughty, rich, splendid, fine, magnificent
Fumish – Inclined to fume, hot-tempered, irascible, passionate
Hugge – To shudder, shrink, shiver, or shake with fear or with cold
Merry-go-sorry – A mixture of joy and sorrow
Stomaching – Full of malignity, given to cherish anger or resentment
Swerk – To be or become dark, gloomy, troubled, or sad
Teen – To vex, irritate, annoy, anger, enrage, to inflict suffering upon
Tremblable – Causing dread or horror
Wasteheart – Used to express grief, pity, regret, disappointment, or concern