20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback.

The English language, like many other languages, is such a wonderful thing to observe and use simply because it is a fluid social instrument that changes based on the whims of the people who are using it. The good folks at Matador Abroad have done an article (1-10, 11-20) on 20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback and it’s quite an interesting read.

The coolest thing about these words is that they don’t sound out of place at all in our current vernacular. Some of my faves from the list:

CorradeVerb trans. – “To scrape together; to gather together from various sources” – i.e. what every single university student does when it comes to essays

KenchVerb intr. – “To laugh loudly” – i.e. the olde-school version of LOL.

JolluxNoun – Slang phrase used in the late 18th century to describe a “fat person”

BrabbleVerb – “To quarrel about trifles; esp. to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble” – i.e. half the internet

HoddypeakNoun – “A fool, simpleton, noodle, blockhead” – HEY! This is actually not red-swiggly-lined! Guess it’s not that obsolete

PerissologyNoun – “Use of more words than are necessary; redundancy or superfluity of expression” – i.e. me

KwagswaggingNoun – “The action of shaking to and fro” – i.e. Willow Smith

Source: Matador Abroad


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