Do you peacockize because you're wlonk with a snout-fair dowsabel who doesn't need to parget? Or are you just a fumish or rouzy-bouzy losenger prone to betrumping? Not sure what that means? That's because the English language is constantly evolving.
1,200 new words were added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2016, including yolo, moobs, slacktivism, and fuhgeddaboudit. But for every word added to our daily vocabulary, others fall out of use.
Some words become irrelevant due to changing lifestyles. The task-specific language of preindustrial farming life has no place in software development. Other words just wane in popularity until they're forgotten while their meaning remains relevant. When was the last time you heard totally tubular or rad unironically?
But do all of these words deserve their fate? The "Lost Words Campaign" at the University of York, a team led by senior linguistics lecturer Dr. Dominic Watt, pored over historical texts and dictionaries for olde English words worthy of a return to the modern-day lexicon.
After three months they selected 30 of the best. Each word in the final 30 fall into one of four categories: "post-truth (deception), appearance, emotions, and personality and behavior."
"Within these themes, we've identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with language of old."
Now with their collaborator, Privilege Home Insurance, they're asking for public input.
Betrump or Snout-fair? Which words would you bring back? Have your say here https://t.co/eyxfuAIOdM https://t.co/uJ592lrogA— Privilege UK (@Privilege UK) 1505463921.0
"We're constantly presented with new additions to the English language, but we rarely discuss the words that are leaving and becoming obsolete," said Christian Mendes, head of Privilege Home Insurance. "As a company, we believe in using 'plain English', and the need to communicate clearly and concisely in important documents such as insurance policies is more evident than ever."
"Research like this is important, and it highlights the constantly evolving nature of the English language, with as many words entering as leaving. We're looking forward to supporting the reintroduction of some long-lost words!"
Vote for your favorite word from this list:
Ambodexter - a person who takes bribes from both sides
Awhape - to amaze, stupefy with fear or confound utterly
Betrump - to deceive, cheat, elude or slip from
Coney-catch - to swindle, cheat, trick, dupe or deceive
Dowsabel - sweetheart or "lady-love"
Ear-rent - the figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk
Fumish - inclined to fume or be hot-tempered, irascible or passionate
Hugge - to shudder, shrink, shiver or shake with fear or cold
Hugger-mugger - concealment or secrecy
Losenger - a false flatterer, a lying rascal, or a deceiver
Man-millinery - suggestive of male vanity or pomposity
Merry-go-sorry - a combination of joy and sorrow
Momist - a person who habitually finds fault or is a harsh critic
Nickum - a cheating or dishonest person
Parget - to plaster the face or body with powder or paint
Peacockize - to behave like a peacock, especially to pose or strut ostentatiously
Percher - a person who aspires to a higher status
Quacksalver - a person who dishonestly claims knowledge and skill in medicine
Rouker - a person who whispers or murmurs, who spreads false rumors
Rouzy-bouzy - boisterously drunk
Ruff - to swagger or bluster, to brag or boast
Sillytonian - a silly or gullible person
Slug-a-bed - a person who lies long in bed through laziness
Snout-fair - to have a fair countenance or be fair-faced, comely or handsome
Stomaching - full of malignity, or given to cherish anger or resentment
Swerk - to become gloomy, troubled or sad
Teen - to vex, irritate, annoy, or enrage someone
Tremblable - causing dread or horror
Wasteheart - used to express grief, pity, regret, disappointment or concern
Wlonk - rich, splendid, fine or magnificent