Lost English words rediscovered! Don’t be a Momist

Lost English words rediscovered! Don’t be a Momist:

“Will you be my ‘Dowsabel‘?
Ambodexter caught”
“Thispolitician is a Nickum”
“Guy in white house is a Percher

Lost English words rediscovered! Don't be a Momist

Don’t be surprised if you see such headlines in the near future. Because that is exactly what some of the academics and linguists want us to do. Start using these “Lost English Words”.

Partnering with Privilege insurance, they have gone through historical texts and etymological dictionaries and compiled the list of 30 words that we might find useful today.

Dominic Watt senior lecturer in language and linguistic science at the University of York 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.

‘To allow people to really imagine introducing these words back into their everyday lives, we’ve chosen words that fit within themes still relevant to the average person.

‘Within these themes, we’ve identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with the language of old.’

Here is a complete list of lost English words which are proposed to come back in day-to-day language.

Ambodexter – One who takes bribes from both sides

Betrump – 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

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