I love words, obviously, and am always intrigued with words that I don’t know or words that have interesting meanings. I am a fan of Wordle, as I have indicated in previous posts, and often marvel at the power of words. I ran across an article written for Reader’s Digest by Molly Pennington about words that are in the dictionary that are no longer used. Basing my post on her post I decided to offer up a few of the words that were featured in the article.
First up–snollygoster. Doesn’t that one just roll off your tongue? Definition: unscrupulous politician—someone generally corrupt, unethical, and shameless. Oh yes–without getting political here I would say this one fits a few people.
Jargogle means to confuse or bamboozle. There’s another great word –bamboozle. I ‘ve been bamboozled a few times in my life, what about you?
The next one is one I absolutely love — ultracrepidarian. This word describes a person who is your basic know it all who expounds prolifically on any and all topics ad naseum.
How about bibsey? This one is probably a slang term that is a take on imbibe but describes a serious interest in drinking.
Slubberdegullion refers to one who slobbers or who is a dirty or worthless fellow. Hmmm. I need to figure out how to use this one in daily conversation.
I love me some snowbrowth which is really just melted snow. That is my favorite kind of snow. Melted.
Snoutfair actually means the opposite what what I would think it would mean because it refers to someone who handsome and good looking. Doesn’t the word itself concur up the image of a pig face? But I guess to a pig mama that countenance is handsome, right?
Another word that does not have a meaning related to what I think it should have is spermologer. Obviously I went to the obvious connotation but nope –it actually means gossip monger. You don’t say!
I think those are enough words to boggle your mind today. As I was writing this post I have to say that each of these selected words had a squiggly red line under them which tells me that spell check does not really recognize them so they are indeed obsolete in our current day language. What do you say we bring them back? I don’t mean to jargogle you but I think we should focus on the snoutfair folks and not the snollygosters or the ultracrepidarians.
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