Lost English words ideal for modern day life uncovers by experts

Slug-a-bed, quacksalver and wasteheart are among a list of 30 “forgotten” words from the English Language which experts say are ideal for modern life.

Language researchers at the University of York have drawn up a list of long-lost lingo which has fallen out of current use because they believe the terms are still relevant.

The list includes the unearthed word snout-fair meaning handsome, rouzy-bouzy for boisterously drunk and betrump as a verb meaning to cheat or deceive.

A slug-a-bed is someone who lazes about, a quacksalver is a person who falsely claims medical knowledge and wasteheart is a word used to express grief or pity.

Senior linguistics lecturer Dominic Watt led the team which spent three months searching for words in old books and dictionaries.

He 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.”

According to the BBC, the complete list of 30 words are categorised into different groups: post-truth; appearance, personality and behaviour; and emotions.

Other old terms on the list include a nickum, meaning someone who is dishonest or a cheater; wlonk, an adjective to describe someone who is proud, haughty or rich; and merry-go-sorry to describe the mix of happiness and sorrow.

The 30 ‘lost’ words

Ambodexter – One who takes bribes from both sidesBetrump – To deceive, cheat, elude, slip from

Coney-catch – To swindle, cheat, trick, dupe, deceive

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

Awhape – To amaze, stupefy with fear, confound utterly

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

Dowsabel – Applied generically to a sweetheart, ‘lady-love’

Ear-rent – The figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk.

Source : Evening Standard

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