14 Old Words That Should Still Be Used Today

1. Hark

What it means: To listen attentively

As in: Seriously you guys, hark: I think we should get half-sausage, half-pineapple. Then everyone will be happy.

2. Booby

What it means: A stupid person

As in: The booby didn’t even look before driving through the intersection! I could be a cripple right now!

3. Quaff

What it means: To drink a beverage copiously and heartily

As in: What’d you guys do last night? / Oh, you know — we went to the bar and straight up quaffed some shots. The usual.

 4. Odzooks

What it means: A mild oath

As in: I just saw Jenny making out with your boyfriend. / Oh Em Gee! Odzooks?! / Totes Odzooks.

5. Dwimmer-crafty

What it means: Skilled in the arts of magic, particularly illusion and concealment

As in: You’re a dwimmer-crafty, Harry.

 6. Grandsire

What it means: An aged man

As in: How old are you again? / Twenty-four. /And you’re dating someone who’s forty-seven? / Yes. / Shoot, he’s a regular grandsire.

 7. Trothplighted

What it means: Engaged to be married

As in: Grandsire, I know I didn’t ask for your permission before proposing to your daughter, but we’re trothplighted. Get over it.

 8. Tomnoddy

What it means: A foolish person

As in: Derek didn’t even know that Game of Thrones airs a week ahead in the Netherlands. The tomnoddy could’ve downloaded next week’s episode by now.

 9. Septentrional

What it means: Of the north

As in: Oh, you’re from Canada? Septentrional, eh?

 10. Seraglio

What it means: A large harem

As in:  Which seraglio did you join? / Delta Zeta! Soooooo excited!

11. Limn

What it means: To depict by painting or drawing

As in: Jack, I want you to limn me like one of your French girls.

12. Gubbins

What it means: Something worthless

As in: What’d your boyfriend get you for graduation? / Used lotto tickets. / Wow, he’s the epitome of a gubbins.

13. Abnegate

What it means: To deny to oneself

As in: Hey, want to go see The Lucky One? / Sorry I can’t, I abnegated Zac Efron’s filmography for Lent.

14. Pizzle

What it means: To beat someone with a dried bull’s penis

As in: You deleted Dance Moms off the DVR?! I’m going to give you a good pizzling! TC mark

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  • ed

    Numbers 9 & 13 can’t really be considered “old” words.

  • Emil Caillaux

    “Quaff” is way too close to “queef” for my comfort.

    • http://gravatar.com/michaelkohhh michael koh

      That’s pretty true

  • U

    Brilliant. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikki.mcgillicuddy Nikki McGillicuddy

    What a bunch of tomnoddyness

  • http://twitter.com/floydian_slip Sana (@floydian_slip)

    13 (Abnegate) might come back once Divergent (the book) becomes more popular.

  • Mo Evans

    Um. Other than ye olde name-calling, these don’t seem very “old” at all… though moreover they don’t fit neatly into the coloquial examples. They read like someone’s old parent trying to insert their kids’ slang into their normal conversation. Anyway. Emil, you’ve inspired me: how about queef-quaffer as an insult, playing-the-dozens style? Imma adopt that, post haste!

    • guest

      i’m assuming that was the joke on the writer’s part…i thought they were hilarious for just that reason!

      • Mo Evans

        S’what I’m saying: so do moms. ;-b

  • Sarah

    “As in: Jack, I want you to limn me like one of your French girls.” Cracking up ahaha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fraser.mcmillan.102 Fraser McMillan

    Some people still use “gubbins” in Scotland! Usually in reference to assorted worthless objects: “I was raking in my loft and found a cracking Pizzler in amongst all the other gubbins”.

    • http://twitter.com/rob_t_firefly Rob Vincent (@rob_t_firefly)

      Also, “gubbins” is pretty much a defective noun; it’s generally used in the plural form, not singular. So you wouldn’t say “a gubbins” as in the writer’s example, you’d just call stuff “a load of gubbins.”

  • http://fusedephemera.wordpress.com dlw43

    I see numbers 11 & 13 fairly often. (But maybe that’s because the authors of most required critical readings for grad students in English have a strong aversion to words that the rest of the world uses.)

  • Kelly

    Since when is abnegate an unused word?

  • John

    15. stockjobber What it means: “a low wretch who gets money by buying and selling shares in the funds”

  • a x

    im going to give you a good pizzling

  • KC

    A lot of these words are hard to say and clumsy to pronounce. No thanks hahaha

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