Don't be jargogled! Old words are monsterful!*
But let’s put technology aside. That is always going to change over time. Instead, this post is about the many perfectly useful words people have used at various points in history that have just fallen out of use.
Instead of Dad saying, “Don’t trouble your Grandpa. He doesn’t feel great and looks unwell,” you might have been told, “Don’t bebother Grandpa. He’s floby-mobly and looks dauncy!”
Mix it up
- Would you rather share gossip with someone fat, or jangle with a jollux?
- Would you rather be numb with cold in melting snow, or shinnicked in the snowbroth?
- Would you rather argue about an unimportant topic with an idiot, or brabble with a tomnoddy?
- Would you rather offer a well done to your friend for solving a problem, or give them felicitations on solving that crum-a-grackle?
Old word brainteasers
Answer: You should Wait. There’s an angry ghost hiding there!
Question: What should you do if somebody says, “Hey, let’s pull a rannygazoo and caterwaul thrice at that snollyguster!”
Answer: It’s up to you! They’re asking you to play a prank by screeching three times at that selfish person.
Question: How would you react if you had a doup-scud while out lunting?
Answer: You’d probably say “Ouch!” It means you falling on your bum while out strolling as you smoke your pipe.
Question: Should you be worried if your grimalkin goes peregrinating?
Answer: No. Your cat has just gone for a wander.
Say that again
- Groak meant watching someone eat and hoping they’d offer you some.
- Scurryfunge meant quickly tidying the house when a visitor is on the way.
- Condiddle meant sneaking something away in secret.
- Elflok meant a lock of tangled-up hair.
- Nameling meant someone with the same name as you.
All these brilliant words can still be useful today. And this is only a small selection of old words that have virtually died out. English is always evolving. Pick the old words you like and start using them again! Who knows, your fave old phrase might catch on! Either that or people will think you're talking mullock! (a load of rubbish!)