Antiquities of Logophilia

November 3, 2009

A few years ago I received a small desk calendar that featured old and obsolete English words, Jeffrey Kacirk’s Forgotten English. Being in the format of one of those page-a-day calendars that you tear off and discard, I’ve long since thrown out the little slips of paper displaying each daily example. I did, however, preserve some of my favourites. Some of these words are more than deserving of a renaissance.

Bobbersome: elated; in high spirits.

Awarpen: thrown or cast.

Neezled: a little drunk or intoxicated.

Crapulous: sick by intemperance connected or associated with drunkenness.

Callipygian: of, pertaining to, or having well-shaped or finely developed buttocks. The name of a famous statue of Venus. From Greek kallos, beauty, and pyg, buttocks.

Fletcherize: to chew thoroughly.

Forswart: exhausted by heat.

Womblety-crompt: the indisposition of a drunkard after a debauch.

Slocket: to commit a petty theft; to pilfer

: a generous, big-hearted, good-natured person, with also an implied sense of gaiety or flippancy.

Jeffrey Kacirk is a serious logophile and has published several different books on the subject of forgotten English. His website is here – Forgotten English.


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