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20 Forgotten Words :: English Language

Updated on July 7, 2012

20 Favorite Forgotten Words in English Language

A few years ago I came across a very beautiful website called (Make sure you switch on your speakers to get the maximum fun out of the website) by Oxford Dictionaries. At first I couldn't stop 'playing' with it due to the fact that the words are literally calling out to get adopted!! I even tricked my friends by asking them if they knew the definitions and some of the answers lead to so much laughter. Eventually, I forgot all about it until now...and for the past few days, just cannot get enough of savethewords! Enjoy!

Here's the first ten lost words:

  • Philargyrist - someone who loves money. eg; I didn't know you were such an addicted philargyrist that you would ignore your studies just to post videos on YouTube.

  • Sparsile - of a star, not included in any constelletion. eg; The new model felt like a sparsile amongst all the others in Hollywood.

  • Patration - completion or perfection of something. eg; What Liza didn't know was that her colleges had organized a surprise party to celebrate the patration of her novel.

  • Venundate - to buy and sell. eg; Ebay is a great place to venundate all sorts of things - no wonder my neighbor cant find that nasty dog of hers.

  • Pamphagous - eating or consuming everything. eg; Ms. Overweight was denied yet another proposal today. This was the result of her being such a pamphagous eater.

  • Phlyarologist - one who talks rubbish. eg; He was a brilliant phlyarologist and hence he succeeded at the elections.

  • Cecograph - writing device for the blind. eg; He invented a cecograph which funnily lit up when it was plugged in.

  • Gnathonize - to flatter. eg; Mary is wise enough now to not understand another gnathonizing beauty products salesman.

  • Radicarian - pertaining to the roots of words. eg; Maximus's vast radicarian knowledge of Latin came in useful during the final round of ' Are you smarter than a fifth grader?'

  • Plebicolar - appealing to the common people. eg; These days directors want to make movies that are plebicolar in nature.

Lost words continued...

  • Soloecal - provincially incorrect. eg; Most folks who work with a plough will never lose a toe, but Jim-Bob had managed to make nine separate soloecal errors.

  • Temerate - to break a bond or promise. eg; Each year in January I'm all steamed up about my weight loss resolutions, and by the third week I'm contemplating to temerate my vow to self.

  • Inveteratist - one who resists reform, one who holds to tradition. eg; Most inveteratist cultures in Asia do not approve of inter-caste marriages.

  • Vanmost - foremost. eg; During a sudden fire outbreak, a mother's most vanmost interest is of saving her children. Even the most precious diamonds in her safe is forgotten.

  • Ictuate - to reiterate eg; Steffy kept ictuating about how happy she was to be selected for the inter-collegiate dance competitions.

  • Blateration - blabber, chatter. eg; I had to listen to my mother's blateration for like forever just because I came back late from the tuitions.

  • Starrify - to decorate with stars. eg; My toddlers were so fascinated as they discovered their starrified bedroom ceiling that for a few moment they had forgotten all about their bedtime story.

  • Hecatologue - code consisting of one hundred rules. eg; The boss gave us a hecatologue governing the usage of office resources.

  • Antipelargy - reciprocal of mutual kindness; love and care of children for. eg; The prodigal son never gave his loving father any form of antiperlargy.

  • Sacricolist - pious worshiper. eg; Liza was a sacricolist who fervently believed in the existence of a higher being, except for some parts of New Jersy.


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    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Cloudy, I am a Logophile, and this is a wonderful collection of words.

      thank you for finding this.

      I will check out the website if it still stands.

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      cloudy_cool 3 years ago from London, UK

      WOW Tyler...what an original!

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      Tyler 3 years ago

      I feel the need to obstrigillate what these philargyrists tell me, it is time for us to obarmate ourselves against the pamphagous leaders.

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      cloudy_cool 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for your kind words Anagha.

      Hope you are enjoying HubPages as much as I am...:)


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      Anagha V Mahishi 4 years ago from Hubli, karnataka

      I'm really curious about these lost words now... will check out the website soon..thanks for such a beautiful hub...

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Very interesting, though, some for actually wasn't forgotten since I just learned it from you. : - )

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      Nicholas Nelson 4 years ago from Park Fores, ILLINOIS

      I couldn't find any of the 20 words in the Merriam Webster's dictionary. Have they become so supremely obsolete that the writers of the dictionary have omitted them? Or do they only appear in the Oxford English Dictionary?

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Yes, they're very interesting indeed, thanks for stopping by :)

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      Elise-Loyacano 5 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      I thought "pamphagous" would be my favorite word from the list, till I read "gnathonize". Then "ictuate" became my favorite. Loved this article. I have copied into a document so I can make flashcards and memorize the words. Thanks!

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      Amanda Gee 5 years ago from Cameron, Missouri

      I never knew those were words! I enjoyed the hub. Thanks :)

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you so much epi...what would i do without you? :)

      btw, a few months later I suggested a friend to follow you and get inspired...and she's doing quite well too. Your writing has a flow of its own, and speaks volumes!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..well I love this one as much as I love your other one - 5 forgotten words - so I will post this most brilliant way of introducing us to 20 new words to my FB group Let's just talk music or cinema in which you are invited to join - and you will receive a direct link back here - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:54pm

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      Civil War Bob 5 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Voted up, funny, useful, transported me back to 10th grade English vocabulary classes. I thought hecatologue was a spurious comment said at the mail box, "Heck...a catalogue!" ;P

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      I totally agree with you T-bone...thanks for stopping by!

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      T-bone 5 years ago

      Yes, old words are more deeply rooted and are closer to the source from which a specific language sprang. With poetic openess, those words add layers to the simplest statement. What I miss most about American English is how shallow it is, although someone who knows how to use even it can still make it shine.

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for stopping by htodd :)

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for stopping by J1...yes, its necessary to evolve with time in all respects...that's a fundamental of growth..

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Bert, your comment only makes me smile...:) Its brutally easy to 'un-forget' than 'remember'...almost vicious especially when we're trying hard not to forget :) Cheers, Cloudy

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Toby Agnoth I agree with you to a great extent...the words are difficult and less able to pronounce for the fast paced life we currently live in...the choice of words change with time and interest and today's world is more practical, hence the change....

      however, remembering old words every once in a while enriches our knowledge and vocabulary, and the fact that you stopped by this post shows that people still like to rake through dead leaves to look for gold :) Cheers, Cloudy

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      cloudy_cool 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hope its going well with the almost archaic (as my friends protest) words Alison Reads...Its been a while I've myself paid attention to the English Language and its hidden beauties...guess I got to jump back to track...cheers! Cloudy

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the Great post..Nice

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      Rambo "Bruce" Ridner 5 years ago

      ALISON: chances are, if you use a word no one's ever used in a thousand years, it's not going to go over at all, except to go over the listener's head or thru one ear and out the other. If the conversation's even close to interesting, who's going to stop it just to find out the meaning of some pompous S.A.T. word? Listen to William F. Buckley and see what you think. I don't understand half of what he's saying, but I love the over all experience.

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      J1 5 years ago

      Language is never stagnant. It's always evolving. There's just so much of it one can carry around with oneself or be practical to keep. Everything passes but new things come to take their place.

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      Bert 5 years ago

      I have enough trouble remembering all the words I remember than remembering all the words I also forgot on top of them.

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      Toby Agnoth 5 years ago

      Maybe these words and many more were forgotten for a reason. I mean, maybe the road less taken is less taken for a reason.

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      Alison Reads 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      A noble cause, indeed! Save the words! Excellent job. I'll try to work a few into my daily conversations and see how it goes.

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      moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

      I love it. I love forgotten words because there are too many worn-out words we use today. Do you actually use them? Thanks.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Artemis - Yes, there should be some resource where one could get the meanings phonetically explained too!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Artemis 6 years ago

      How do you pronounce some of these words, like gnathonize?

      But they are some awesome words. I think I'm going to go check out that site...

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      MickS 6 years ago from March, Cambridgeshire, England

      Yes, it's obvious why they are forgotten.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for your kind comments marieyan!

      I'm sure fellow hubber 'hassam' would be delighted to read your comment, but this is cloudy_cool =)

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      Marie Ryan 6 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hassan, if some of your fellow hubbers used at least one of these words in their next hub,they would be revived and could be soon back in modern day vernacular! Power to Hubpages! Very interesting article.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for stopping by revmjm =)

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Great article. I enjoyed it.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      True, its easy to forget what's not common anymore...but every once in a while it can be fun to delve into the depths of Eng language...after all old is gold!

      Thanks for stopping by PaperNotes!

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      Wow, I actually have not heard of those words. Perhaps I did, but since they are hardly ever used in daily conversations, I have also forgotten them.

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      The rich english Language with its many hues...makes you think hard, doesn't it? I especially love the way we can 'swim' into language land and always come out peaceful and happy!

      Thanks for your beautiful comments, its very encouraging! And I shall dfntly have a look at David Crystal's work for sure =)

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Gaudiloquent - as close as I can get to a compliment...great hub! is a great site especially the word a day bit straight to your email.

      Have a look at some of David Crystal's work equally fascinating...

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      cloudy_cool 6 years ago from London, UK

      @ Nicnac, Just about it and Docmo...Thank you for your comments!!

      I'm a newbie and working on random subjects at the moment and I cant icuate enough on how thankful I am for you to stop by and face my blaterations! =)

      Do stop by every once in a while or I shall feel like a sparsile among all the establised Hubbers!

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Excellent selection of words in danger of extinction. Well collected and listed and hope you don,t think I am gnathonizing if I say well done!

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      nicnac 6 years ago from Ireland

      I wonder what type of conversation you would be having to try and incorporate these into your daily vocab... might try one a day and see can I do it!! :)

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      Just About It 6 years ago from southern CA

      Very Interesting! They look so unreal!

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      nicnac 6 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting!! These surely are forgotten words!!