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10 Old-Fashioned Words We Need to Resurrect!

Social media has brought us dozens of new words and phrases. “Bae’s eyebrows are on fleek” is a sentence no one would have uttered just five years ago; today, however, most Millennials know exactly what it means.

Though new words are coming into vogue every month, many others have been lost. We think it’s high time these forgotten words were resurrected! Here are a few centuries-old favorites that we’d love to revive.

1.) Quidnunc – noun. An individual eager to learn the latest news and spread gossip; derived from the Latin phrase quid nunc meaning “What now?”

Leah is such a quidnunc. She’s always stalking Nick’s Twitter!


2.) Tope – verb. The act of drinking alcohol to excess, often regularly; probably derived from the obsolete definition of top meaning “overbalance” or the Dutch word toppen.

I’ve heard that Mary’s been toping ever since Stephen left her. Someone needs to take the bottle away!


3.) Slugabed – noun. A lazy individual who lounges in bed well into the morning; derived from slug, a verb meaning “to be slow or lazy” and abed, meaning “in bed.”

Over summer vacation I become such a slugabed. I only manage to crawl out of bed at noon.


4.) Calliblephary – noun. A coloring for the eyelids; derived from the Greek words kallos, meaning “beauty,” and blepharon, meaning “eyelid.”

Susan’s drug store haul included a beautiful pastel calliblephary palette.


5.) Bumper – noun. A large glass of an alcoholic beverage, often prepared for a toast; derived from the archaic definition of bumping, defined as “great or large.”

Pour me a bumper! I’ve got to make a toast for Rob’s birthday!


6.) Grimalkin – noun. A cat or, alternatively, a spiteful elderly woman; derived from the words grey and Malkin, a pet form of the name “Matilda.”

Mrs. Flanders’ mangy grimalkin was sitting in my yard meowing all night!


7.) Deosculate – verb. To kiss sweetly and eagerly; derived from Latin de, meaning “down,” and osculare, “to kiss.”

Bobby walked in on Gabrielle deosculating her Ryan Gosling poster.


8.) Magiric – adjective. Related to cooking; derived from the Greek word mageiros, “to cook.”

Jennifer’s magiric talents caught the attention of Food Network executives.


9.) Inquinate – verb. To corrupt or pollute; derived from the Latin term inquino.

Tom’s drinking buddies inquinated his life, leading to his academic ruination.


10.) Callipygian – adjective. A “largely composed behind,” as defined by Sir Thomas Browne in 1646; derived from the Greek words kalos and pyge, defined as “beauty” and “buttocks” respectively.

Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have made the callipygian figure an aesthetic ideal.


There are hundreds of additional words we’d love to restore to the 21st century lexicon. What is your favorite old-fangled term? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was written by Kara Kitze, Gold Orchid Publishing’s Blog and Social Media Assistant.