13 Old-Timey Words We Should Bring Back And Two We Shouldn’t
“Kakistocracy” making a yuge comeback.
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Like any other aspect of culture, our language evolves over time. With the advent of mass media and the internet, language, especially slang, has changed at an even faster pace.
Obviously, there are words that have racist or sexist origins which are best left to the dustbin of history, but there are a lot of funny and useful words that have fallen by the wayside that we should definitely bring back.
Def: Deceptive or false talk or behavior.
Use:“P.T. Barnum referred to himself as the ‘Prince of Humbugs.’
Def: The art of searching through your pockets for for small objects.
Use:“After leaving the Uber, Malcolm went grubbling through his pockets to be sure he had his cell phone.”
Def: A state or country run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.
Use:“Under Trump, the United States has devolved into a kakistocracy.”
Def: A best friend or really close friend.
Use:“Me and my chuckaboo are going to hit the pub for some libations.”
Def: To confuse, jumble.
Use:“Don’t jargogle my mind with all your facts and figures. Just tell me that I’m right.”
Def: To take one’s pleasure, enjoy oneself, revel, luxuriate.
Use:“After this fine dinner, I’m going to deliciate myself over some cheesecake at Junior’s.”
Def: To move swiftly or nimbly.
Use:“She frecked her way from the blue line to the goal with the grace of a swan.”
Def: A drinking bout; a spree or binge.
Use: “My chuckaboo and I went on a brannigan last night and now my brain feels like hamburger.”
Def: Alluring, enticing, attractive.
Use:“Beyonce looked illecebrous during the Super Bowl halftime show.”
Def: Three times.
Use: “Once, twice, thrice times a lady.” — Lionel Richie
Def: Light, transient fever.
Use:“Sorry, boss. Looks like I’ve come down with a bit of a febricula. I can’t come into work.”
Def: Those bearing the same name.
Use:“Graham Greene, the actor, and Graham Greene, the author, are namelings.”
Def: Characterised by having a beard.
Use: “David Letterman used to be clean-shaven, now he’s barbigerous.”
Two we shouldn’t bring back.
Def: Derogatory term for the female head of a household.
Use: “Andrea is too assertive. What a hussy.”
Why should a calling someone a hussy be an insult?
Def: To mess up.
Use: “I buggered the question.”
The word was originally a homophobic term for men who practiced anal sex.