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    18 obsolete words, which never should have gone out of style


    By Carmel Lobello 6 months ago

    Just like facts and flies, English words have life-spans. Some are thousands of years old, from before English officially existed, others change, or are replaced or get ditched entirely.
    Here are 18 uncommon or obsolete words that we think may have died early. We found them in two places: a book called “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk, and on a blog called Obsolete Word of The Day that’s been out of service since 2010. Both are fantastic— you should check them out.

    Snoutfair: A person with a handsome countenance — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Pussyvan: A flurry, temper — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Wonder-wench: A sweetheart — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Lunting: Walking while smoking a pipe — John Mactaggart’s “Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia,” 1824

    California widow: A married woman whose husband is away from her for any extended period — John Farmer’s “Americanisms Old and New”, 1889

    Groak: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them –www.ObsoleteWord.Blogspot.com

    Jirble: To pour out (a liquid) with an unsteady hand: as, he jirbles out a dram —www.Wordnik.com

    Curglaff: The shock felt in bathing when one first plunges into the cold water — John Jamieson’s Etymological Scottish Dictionary, 1808

    Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Tyromancy: Divining by the coagulation of cheese — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Beef-witted: Having an inactive brain, thought to be from eating too much beef. — John Phin’s “Shakespeare Cyclopaedia and Glossary”, 1902

    Queerplungers: Cheats who throw themselves into the water in order that they may be taken up by their accomplices, who carry them to one of the houses appointed by the Humane Society for the recovery of drowned persons, where they are rewarded by the society with a guinea each, and the supposed drowned person, pretending he was driven to that extremity by great necessity, is also frequently sent away with a contribution in his pocket. — “The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten” by Jeffrey Kacirk

    Englishable: That which may be rendered into English — John Ogilvie’s “Comprehensive English Dictionary”, 1865

    Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects —www.ObsoleteWord.Blogspot.com

    Bookwright: A writer of books; an author; a term of slight contempt — Daniel Lyons’s “Dictionary of the English Language”, 1897

    Soda-squirt: One who works at a soda fountain in New Mexico — Elsie Warnock’s “Dialect Speech in California and New Mexico”, 1919

    With squirrel: Pregnant — Vance Randolph’s “Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech”, 1953

    Zafty: A person very easily imposed upon — Maj. B. Lowsley’s “A Glossary of Berkshire Words and Phrases”, 1888

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post

    With squirrel: Pregnant
    I vote we use this phrase from henceforth when discussing a knocked-up celebrity.
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    Two of my favorite dead words:

    smell smock: Obsolete appellation for a lecherous or promiscuous man, based on smock or chemise, whose activities gave him a smelly smock

    bedswerver: one who is unfaithful
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    Oh,my! I quite like these. I now realize some posters on here are beef-witted.
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    Slutswool: what we now term dust-bunnies
    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

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    California Widow is just an American gold rush adaptation of the much older phrase Grass Widow, which I still use on occasion (usually when being sarcastic to the OH). It was originally grace widow but it changed with usage over the years.
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    well alot of ya'll have a serious pussyvan
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    Well! Your husband is a queerplunger!
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    Kill him.
    Kill her.
    Kill It.
    Kill everything... that IS the solution!
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    That was not Englishable.
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    Stop being so beefwitted! Of course, it's Englishable - asshole!
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    I was once a California Widow. WOW. And I actually lived in California at the time while my husband was deployed. Cool.

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    Those are all perfectly cromulent words.
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    Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist --I would like to think that's what we all are. Gossip mongers. Spermologers!



    Resistentialism: The seemingly spiteful behavior shown by inanimate objects. --
    So that's what's going on when my computer crashes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    Spermologer: A picker-up of trivia, of current news, a gossip monger, what we would today call a columnist --I would like to think that's what we all are. Gossip mongers. Spermologers!
    This is what I think of when I see the word "spermologer"

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    A lot of these words sound quite GR-ish. I like the idea of using 'with squirrel' for the pregnant celebs.
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