Welcome to 2017 - a time of social networking, smartphones and autocorrect buttons. It seems that Twitter is taking over with its 140-character limit, filling our screens and lives with abbreviations, acronyms and neologisms. We even replace words with Emoji’s now and still manage to get our meaning across. So are words that important anymore? If you care about their future, then chillax, (pardon the neologism) as you’ve come to the right place!
Academics at York University have been doing their research and have discovered 30 archaic, ancient words they want to bring out of extinction, you can click here to read more about their research.
I searched these words up first to double-check the credibility; I promise I am no rouker. I feel that if you want to be a percher, maybe these are the sorts of words you should adopt into your vocabulary, how wlonk that would be?
Maybe one or two from this list could take your fancy:
Ambodexter — One who takes bribes from both sides
Awhape — To amaze, stupefy with fear, confound utterly
Betrump — To deceive, cheat; to elude, slip from
Coney-catch — To swindle, cheat; to trick, dupe, deceive
Dowsabel — Applied generically to a sweetheart, ‘lady-love’
Ear-rent — The figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk -
Fumish — Inclined to fume, hot-tempered, irascible, passionate
Hugge — To shudder, shrink, shiver, or shake with fear or cold
Hugger-mugger — Concealment, secrecy; in secret, secretly, clandestinely. Formerly in ordinary literary use, now archaic or vulgar –
Losenger — A false flatterer, a lying rascal, a deceiver
Man-millinery — Suggestive of male vanity or pomposity
Merry-go-sorry — A mixture of joy and sorrow
Momist — A person who habitually finds fault; a harsh critic
Nickum — A cheating or dishonest person
Parget — To daub or plaster (the face or body) with powder or paint
Peacockize — To behave like a peacock; esp. to pose or strut ostentatiously
Percher — A person who aspires to a higher rank or status; an ambitious or self-assertive 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
Rouzy-bouzy — Boisterously drunk
Ruff — To swagger, bluster, domineer. To ruff it out / to brag or boast of a thing
Sillytonian — A silly or gullible person, esp. one considered as belonging to a notional sect of such people
Slug-a-bed — One who lies long in bed through laziness
Snout-fair — Having a fair countenance; fair-faced, comely, handsome
Stomaching — Full of malignity; given to cherish anger or resentment
Swerk — To be or become dark; in Old English often, to become gloomy, troubled, or sad
Teen — To vex, irritate, annoy, anger, enrage / To inflict suffering upon; to afflict, harass; harm
Tremblable — Causing dread or horror
Wasteheart — Used to express grief, pity disappointment or concern
Wlonk — Proud, haughty / Rich, splendid, fine, magnificent: in later use esp. as a conventional epithet in alliterative verse
So what do you think? Are you an ambodexter and want a bit of both – new and old? Could words like rouzy-bouzy and ear-rent make their way back into our everyday vocabulary?
Here at By This River, we’ve chosen the words we’d like to see return.
Wendy’s top pick from the list is ‘Peacockize’ – she thinks it could really catch on! Mike, on the other hand is torn between two… ‘Fumish’ and ‘Percher’. He says he likes both and could see himself using them in everyday conversations, however due to his filming background, Mike is used to using ‘percher’ as a word for someone who perches on the edge of a table during an interview. Using ‘percher’ in its pejorative form may cause upset or confusion, so fumish it is! And me? I think telling your mates they were a bit ‘Rouzy-Bouzy’ last night would make anyone giggle!
What words would you be most likely to use?
Comment below or tweet us @ByThisRiverUK to let us know your thoughts.