7 Delightful Forgotten English Words



If you're looking to boost your Scrabble game or make your friends feel like blunkerkins, you might want to check out The Horologicon, language- obsessed blogger Mark Forsyth's witty compendium of words long forgotten by most speakers of English.

1. Snollygoster
noun [snol路ee路gos路ter]
A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

2. Grinnow
noun [gri路noh]
A stain that doesn't come out in the wash.

3. Ultracrepidarianism
noun [uhl路truh路krep路i路dair路ee路uhn路ism]
Giving opinions on subjects you know nothing about.

4. Chasmophile
noun [kas路muh-fahyl]
Lover of nooks and crannies.

5. Guttle
verb [guht路l]
To eat greedily.

6. Uhtceare
noun [oot路key路are路a]
Lying awake before dawn and worrying.

7. Mumbudget
noun [muhm路buhj路it]
Keeping quiet.

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