7 Delightful Forgotten English Words

12/13/2013 09:14 pm ET



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·ee·gos·ter]
A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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