20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback

I just ran across this list of 20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback. I’m not entirely sure that all of them are worth resurrecting, but I’m definitely going to try and work the following into my writing, lecturing, and student-mocking:

  • Jargogle: “to jumble or confuse” (this one just sounds cool, and I can think of all sorts of ways to use it when commenting on papers)
  • Deliciate: “To take one’s pleasure, enjoy oneself, revel, luxuriate” (for those times when you need a word better than “enjoy”)
  • Ludibrious: “Apt to be a subject of jest or mockery” (do I even need to comment on how this could be used?)
  • Brabble: “To quarrel about trifles; esp. to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble” (this could be helpful for talking about theological arguments in general)
  • Freck: “To move swiftly or nimbly” (when combined with “Frack” from Battlestar Gallactica, this could be fun)
  • Widdendream: “A state of mental disturbance or confusion” (yet another helpful paper-marking term)

There are others, but these are the ones that seemed most useful to me. Now, I think I will deliciate in my new knowledge by frecking to use these words and see if I can’t jargogle a few people into a little widdendream so we can brabble for a while and demonstrate how ludibrious we all are.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on December 10, 2010, in Humor. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I thought for a second that I used “freck”, but I think its another word, so never mind.

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