Like everything in life, words are constantly changing. Go back in time, say 600 years ago, and the English language becomes almost unrecognizable. We have idioms and sayings that spring up from current events every so often. Each generation is always creating its own slang terms and phrases; it’s difficult to keep up with! That said, there are some words that have fallen out of use, and we think they’re too much fun not to say anymore. So we’ve scoured the dictionary to come up with 15 old-timey words that we feel need to make their way back into the lexicon. Check them out below and let us know your favorite in the comments section (bonus points if you use them in a sentence).
Definition– foolish words or ideas.
Etymology– 1865, American English, probably from Dutch dialect pappekak.
Definition– speech or writing that is complicated and difficult to understand.
Etymology– 1944, American English, first used by U.S. Rep. Maury Maverick, D.-Texas (Said he made up the word in the imitation of a turkey noise).
Definition– a person who blathers a lot.
Etymology– 1650, bletherskate, in Scottish song “Maggie Lauder.”
Definition– to dupe or hoax.
Etymology– 1829, probably a fanciful formation.
Definition– a small amount.
Etymology– Korean War armed forces slang, from Japanese sukoshi “few, little, some.”
6. Noodge (N)
Definition– a person who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains.
Etymology– from Yiddish nudyen, to be tedious, bore
Definition– a silly flighty person.
Etymology– 1540s, “chattering gossip, flighty woman,” probably a nonsense word meant to sound like fast talking.
Definition– talk or writing that is designed to get people excited or interested in something.
Etymology– 1908, from circus slang, “a short sample of a sideshow”
Definition– a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable.
Etymology– 1560s, from petty; the second element possibly from obsolete Dutch focker, from Flemish focken “to cheat.”
Definition– in a messy way, without order.
Etymology– 1590s, a “vocal gesture” [OED] probably formed from pig and the animal’s suggestions of mess and disorder.
Definition– having shapely buttocks.
Etymology– 1800, Latinized from Greek kallipygos, name of a statue of Aphrodite at Syracuse, from kalli-, combining form of kallos “beauty” + pyge “rump, buttocks.”
Definition– an offensive exhalation or smell.
Etymology– 1640s, from Latin effluvium “a flowing out, an outlet,” from effluere “to flow out.”
Etymology– 1911, western U.S., probably from mispronunciation of Mexican Spanish juzgao “tribunal, court,” from juzgar “to judge.”
Definition– a hodgepodge, a jumbled medley.
Etymology– 1550s, from French galimafrée “hash, ragout, dish made of odds and ends.”
Definition– false or deceptive behavior.
Etymology– 751, student slang, “trick, jest, hoax, imposition, deception,” of unknown origin.