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15 Old-School Words We Definitely Should Start Using Again

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Some words and phrases just disappear from the lexicon, but that doesn’t mean they should be gone forever, right? Listed below are historical words that need to make a comeback.  Some reason why you should start using again A.) they sound cool and B.) you’ll impress your family, friends, and co-workers into thinking you’re smarter than you actually are. Boom!

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So let’s all work on getting these words back in our everyday vocabulary, you snollygosters!

1. Fudgel

An 18th-century word meaning “Pretending to work when you’re not actually doing anything at all.” If this one doesn’t translate to the 21st-century, then nothing will.

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2. Cacoethes

An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable or harmful.

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3. Lanspresado

This term may be from the 18th-century, but we all know people like this. The word refers to a person who always shows up with no money.

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4. Kakistrocracy

When a government or a country is run by the least qualified and most unscrupulous citizens.

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5. Callipygian

You can use this one as a pick-up line! It probably won’t work, but it’s worth a shot. The 19th-century word means “having shapely buttocks.”

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6. Ultracrepidarian

This one definitely needs to make a comeback. Ultracrepidarian means a person who offers opinions on subjects they know nothing about…so pretty much every person on the planet right now.

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7. Snollygoster

A shrewd or unprincipled person, usually referring to a politician.

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8. Slugabed

A lazy person who stays in bed long after it is time to wake up. Are you a slugabed?

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9. Uhtceare

An Old English word that describes something we can all relate to: when you wake up too early and can’t fall back asleep because you’re worried about the day ahead.

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10. Snudge

To walk around like you’re very busy, when in fact you’re doing nothing. I feel like this one is VERY common in today’s workplaces.

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11. Groke

An old Scottish word that describes staring at a person who is eating with the hopes that they’ll give you some of their food. HAH I DO THIS.

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12. Sprunt

Another old Scots word that means – get ready for this one – “to chase girls around the haystacks after dark.” We’ve all been there, right?

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13. Cuddle-Me-Buff

An Old English word for beer! Please try ordering a cuddle-me-buff in your local tavern to see what happens.

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14. Shivviness

The uncomfortable feeling of wearing new underwear. No one likes that…

15. Aptycock

Let’s end on a high note! This one means an intelligent young man.

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