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Have You Forgotten Old English Words

Updated on March 26, 2018
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Forgotten Old English Words

I thought about about my English, and speaking a foreign language came up with this idea.

I have forgotten some of the words, it is not just forgotten, it is about the words that I rarely use in daily conversations.

When trying to remember the actual word it just won't come to mind.

I speak the Croatian language for about fifteen percent of the time, and English for the rest of the time, I feel my English language has been neglected.

The following words I don't know of as these words go back in time

  • What is the meaning of Groak?

For example when you are sitting next someone who is gulping away his food and in all that silence you can only hear his groaking.

This word has been around for ages.

  • What is a Hugger-mugger?

  • When was the last time you used hugger-mugger?

This word means to act secretly.

It goes way back in time from the fifteen hundreds.

One can be fed up of individuals who appear funny, like constantly showing up with their sneaky ways.

The kind you find hard to trust.

Crapulous, this happens to you when you overeat or drink, a feeling that makes you ill in your tummy from the day before, especially if you attended a party and went overboard with foods and alcohol.

  • Did you ever have a churning feeling?

Another word from the fifteen hundreds.

Ever felt or know someone who is Grumpish?

A word from the seventeen hundreds.

If you have lots to cope with and you don't know where to start, you are bound to be grumpish about your situation.

The leave me alone kind of feeling!

Snowbroth, a word from the fifteen hundreds and is used when snow has been just melted. It is called freshly melted snow.

The snow was so perfect the day before and now it is just snowbroth.

Jargogle, this word was used when someone is going to confuse another with conversation or a plan.

It is like you don't understand a certain conversation or a certain theory. It makes your brain feel bamboozled.

A word from the sixteen hundreds.

Apricity, a word used in the sixteen hundreds, to describe a winter's day.

You know when you feel the warmth of the sun on the cold winter's day it is that beautiful moment one calls apricity.

Twattle, I haven't heard this word in a while. I used to, when I was in South Africa hear others speaking using his word in conversation.

Someone who talks or gossips would be considered to Twattle, was used in the sixteen hundreds.

Sometimes I wish she would stop her twattling and continue cleaning the garden.

Elflock, when your hair is tangled up it is said to be elflocked

When your hair is most difficult to comb out, and was used in the fifteen hundreds

Why didn't you use a comb to get rid of the elflocks to make your hair looking lovely?

What is Gorgonize?

If you are mesmerized by someone's body then you are affected by this effect.

A word used back in the early seventeenth century, when you look into his gorgeous blue eyes you will be taken in you will be gorgonized.

Cockalorum, someone who has a high opinion of him or herself but is small in height. He or she is a cockalorum, they just like showing off their knowledge.

Snoutfair, someone who looks good is known as Snoutfair.

The model you saw is a Snoutfair and this word was used in the fifteen hundreds.

Jollux, if someone is fat this slang word is used to describe them. This word was used in the seventeen hundreds.

If you don't start a proper eating plan you are going to be a jollux used in a slang term.

Curglaff, when you are splashed with water the sudden feeling makes you feel shocked, so you are brave to handle that situation. Used back in the eighteen hundreds.

Brabble, when someone argues about a problem but is is so unnecessary to even bring up the issue.

They brabble about something that is not fairly understood by the individual. Use din the fifteen hundreds.

Twitter-light, was used in the sixteen hundreds

The city is most attractive by twitter-light.

It is like the brightness is shining on the beautiful place.

Lunting, was used back in the eighteen hundreds

It is when an individual is walking while talking to someone a quick conversation

Having a smoke while talking to someone.

Beef-witted, was used in the fifteen hundreds

If someone you know is dull or an imbecilic.

The show no longer exists for their stupidity and was discontinued was beef-witted.

Monsterful, was used in the eighteen hundreds, someone who is extraordinary or is classed as wonderful.

The last bit of the football match was monsterful as you had hoped.

Callipygian, this word was used in the sixteen hundreds.

If you have beautifully shaped buttocks you are consider well developed callipygian who is n well admired for their shape.

Fuzzle, sounds an ancient word to me.

It was used back in the nineteen hundreds.

To get an individual drunk on a certain kind of solution like sniffing on glue to intoxicate the individual.

You should not drive or work on any machinery while fuzzled.

Quockerwodger, was used in the eighteen hundreds

The wooden puppets you see in songs or on stage controlled by strings.

Someone who is powerless is a Quockerwodger, unable to control the situation or himself so someone else takes charge.

Are you the puppet on a string and being pulled on by another?

Resistentialism, was used in the nineteen hundreds

It is when you say the object looks like it wants to kill you, the dangerous feature of the object exhibits malevolent behavior in the inanimate object.

Lethophobia, was used in the seventeen hundreds,

If you are afraid of what is going to happen in the next world or if the predictions are right about the world going to end.

Used in the seventeen hundreds being afraid of oblivion.

Sluberdegullion, was used in the sixteen hundreds

A person who slobbers on the pillow or sofa while asleep

Sometimes you slobber when you fall asleep and could be called a sluberdegullion for behaving in that manner.

Curmuring, ever heard of this word before?

Did you experience low noises from your bowels?

Those noises you hear when all is silent, the rumbling noise, that can annoy you or embarrass you.

Has this happened to you and made a moment most awkward for you.

Imagine listening to the rumbling noise from your bowels during an interview?

Curmuring, was used in the eighteen hundreds.

Lumming, an example, when the heavy rain stopped you from going to visit the lodge.

You can say it was lumming down.

Lumming, was used in the nineteen hundreds

  • Why are these words not used today?

Most people have forgotten or never looked back on old words I certainly had no idea of most of these words.

All were used centuries ago and who thought of going back in time with such meaningful words but don't mean much in the modern day?

Take Snoutfair, for example, is a bit like pulchritudinous.

It just doesn't sound like a compliment, does it?

For some people Twattle has been around forever, and is sometimes pronounced as Twaddle, like you pronounce forty as fordy.

If you are into using old words these word good to start of with and depending on how you choose to use the English words.

Most of these words are perfectly good current British English words, and is found in the Chambers dictionary. The word resistentialism sounds weird and I have never heard of this word.

Check this out, obmutescent which means refusing to talk, obstinately silent.

Incondite, meaning crudely made, knubble.

Prolocutor, a spokesman promoting or in favor of something.

Words to know or still find out about it is worth learning these words again.

A language most of you are familiar with from childhood.

The English Language

Old English Words Rarely Used

The English language is one of the most interesting languages

Do you know any of these Old English words?

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MG Singh thanks it takes lots of work to get my ideas together so glad you came by and shared your kind words.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi thelyricwriter thanks for the votes up, interesting, awesome and useful, so kind of you to come by and share your kind words

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      jainismus, thanks very much for sharing and commenting

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      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      DDE, a great post. I admire your knowledge

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      DDE, voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. I knew a few of these words, but many of them I had no clue existed. Very interesting to view these words, very interesting. Nice work.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub.

      Not only in English, but some of the old words from most languages get replaced by other words.

      Shared with my Hub followers.

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thanks for commenting on this topic so glad you came by

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the interesting words, DDE. They certainly sound strange today! I haven't heard of any of them before.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L. thanks very much for your continuous support and votes up I so appreciate you stopping at my hubs

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      5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Another very interesting hub. The old English words are fascinating. Over here in the UK there are also many dialects that use a cross between the modern language and the old English words. People fro Yorkshire for instance pronounce words quite differently from the people in my county of Lancashire. Liverpool, Newcastle, and many places in the south such as Somerset each have their own twang. In each county it is like visiting another country as far as the use of words is concerned. Brilliant work voted up.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kidscrafts take care and keep doing what you enjoy best

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Yes I am still writing... a lot.... but I didn't had time to put any material on hubpages recently. I am also busy creating videos for some of my projects.... it takes a lot of time! Thanks for asking!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kidscrafts I always check for a new hub from you and you don't have any as yet hope you are still writing? Thanks for the regular visit, enjoy the rest of the week

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eiddwen thanks for vote up plus shared so nice of you to stop by.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, DDE. I think I never known those words.... imagine, I am still learning new words of "regular" English everyday!

      Thanks for sharing! Have a fantastic week!

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub DDE and voted up plus shared.


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sheilamyers, so true learning something new everyday has been my goal for a while it is so interesting an dkeeps our brains alive, no one should ever stop learning. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful comment

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful hub! I learned something new today, which is always a goal of mine - learn at least one new thing every day. I've heard of some of these before while reading novels by British authors. I admit I had to look them up as I came across them. I love "twattle" and I think I'm going to start using it at work. I can call people that and when they ask what it means I'll tell them to go look it up. LOL!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      CraftytotheCore thanks for commenting glad you are back and sharing your kind words

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      5 years ago

      I've been away from the computer for a few days, and I couldn't wait to get back here to read what you've written DDE. I always know that you have something awesome to read. This was a fun Hub. I don't know many of these words. I'm very impressed that you speak multiple languages.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Thelma Alberts thanks for sharing your comment I appreciate you stopping by

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      I only know the twattle word. Thanks for sharing this interesting hub. Have a great week!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MsDora thanks very much for commenting

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      5 years ago from Louisiana

      I didn't know any of these words. This was very interesting.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      All of these words are strangers to me. However, I intend to adopt Beef-witted and Callipygian. Thank you for a very interesting article.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Arioch thanks for commenting these words are rarely used.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks epbooks for commenting

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gypsy Willow, so true thanks for sharing your thoughts

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      Gordon D Easingwood 

      5 years ago from Wakefield, United Kingdom

      Heard of one or two of these words, great and interesting hub.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These are great. I must say I've never heard of these before!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      What a jolly hub! So nice to learn new things and I'd only heard of Twattle, which we pronounce with a D. Now living in the USA I find in general the number of words in use is limited. I don't see people using such complicated new ones. Pity really,they are fun.


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