Rouzy-bouzy, wlonk and sillytonian: Language experts uncover 'lost' English words ideal for modern life | London Evening Standard
Slug-a-bed, quacksalver and wasteheart are among a list of 30 “forgotten” words from the English Language which experts say are ideal for modern life.
Language researchers at the University of York have drawn up a list of long-lost lingo which has fallen out of current use because they believe the terms are still relevant.
The list includes the unearthed word snout-fair meaning handsome, rouzy-bouzy for boisterously drunk and betrump as a verb meaning to cheat or deceive.
A slug-a-bed is someone who lazes about, a quacksalver is a person who falsely claims medical knowledge and wasteheart is a word used to express grief or pity.
Senior linguistics lecturer Dominic Watt led the team which spent three months searching for words in old books and dictionaries.
He 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.
“We've identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with language of old.”
According to the BBC, the complete list of 30 words are categorised into different groups: post-truth; appearance, personality and behaviour; and emotions.
Other old terms on the list include a nickum, meaning someone who is dishonest or a cheater; wlonk, an adjective to describe someone who is proud, haughty or rich; and merry-go-sorry to describe the mix of happiness and sorrow.