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Learning with owls: 27 Delightful Obsolete Words It’s High Time We Revived

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Crapuluos

Meaning: To feel ill because of excessive eating/drinking.
Origin: 1530s
As in: Blerg. The morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I feel crapulous.

While I was disappointed in a couple of the example sentences they chose, the owls were cute and the words were fun to try to say :D

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(I want to be a right Jollux! So adorable! xD)

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For people who like a better signal-to-noise ratio in their lists:

  1. Groak Meaning: To silently watch someone while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them. Origin: Unknown As in: It’s hard to enjoy your meal when the guy opposite is groaking you the whole time.
  2. Hugger-mugger Meaning: To act in a secretive manner. Origin: 1530s As in: I’m sick of all these sneaky types, creeping around and hugger-muggering the whole time.
  3. Crapulous Meaning: To feel ill because of excessive eating/drinking. Origin: 1530s As in: Blerg. The morning after St. Patrick’s Day. I feel crapulous.
  4. Grumpish Meaning: Sullen. An alternative to grumpy. Origin: 1720s As in: I’m hungover, and I’ve got a ton of work to do. Think I’m allowed to be grumpish.
  5. Snowbroth Meaning: Freshly melted snow. Origin: 1590s As in: Yesterday we woke up to a perfect carpet of white, but now it’s just snowbroth. :-(
  6. Jargogle Meaning: To confuse, bamboozle. Origin: 1690s As in: I don’t get string theory. It utterly jargogles my brain.
  7. Apricity Meaning: The sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day. Origin: 1620s As in: Even in darkest December you sometimes get a moment of beautiful apricity.
  8. Twattle Meaning: To gossip, or talk idly. Origin: 1600s As in: I wish you’d quit twattling and get on with your work.
  9. Elflock Meaning: Tangled hair, as if matted by elves. Origin: 1590s As in: Jeez, dude, look at the state of those elflocks — have you not heard of a comb?
  10. Gorgonize Meaning: To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on someone. Origin: Early 17th century As in: Don’t look into his eyes. He’s so charismatic, you’ll be gorgonized.
  11. Cockalorum Meaning: A little man with a high opinion of himself. Origin: 1710s As in: He’s a boastful shortarse. Total cockalorum.
  12. Snoutfair Origin: 1500s As in: Alison Brie? Total snoutfair.
  13. Jollux Meaning: Slang term for a fat person. Origin: 1780s As in: Time to go on a diet, I’m getting to be a right jollux.
  14. Curglaff Meaning: The shock one feels upon first plunging into cold water. Origin: Scots, 1800s As in: Those outdoor swimmers must have balls of steel to cope with that kind of curglaff.
  15. Brabbling Meaning: To argue loudly about something inconsequential. Origin: 1530s As in: I can’t stand Question Time, it always descends into brabbling.
  16. Twitter-light Meaning: An alternative to twilight. Origin: Early 1600s As in: London is at its most beautiful by twitter-light.
  17. Lunting Meaning: Walking while smoking a pipe. Origin: 1820s As in: I’m off for a post-lunch lunt, anyone care to join me?
  18. Beef-witted Meaning: Stupid, imbecilic. Origin: 1590s As in: The Only Way Is Essex is a TV show for the terminally beef-witted.
  19. Monsterful Meaning: Wonderful and extraordinary. Origin: 1810s As in: The Breaking Bad finale was every bit as monsterful as I’d hoped.
  20. Callipygian Meaning: Having beautifully shaped buttocks. Origin: 1640s As in: I admire Beyoncé for her musical talent. The fact she is highly callipygian is neither here nor there.
  21. Fuzzle Meaning: To make drunk, intoxicate. Origin: 1910s As in: It’s never a good idea to operate heavy machinery while fuzzled.
  22. Quockerwodger Meaning: A wooden puppet, controlled by strings. Origin: 1850s As in: The president has no real power, he is a mere quockerwodger.
  23. Resistentialism Meaning: The seemingly malevolent behaviour displayed by inanimate objects. Origin: 1940s As in: That water bottle looks like it wants to kill me. It exhibits resistentialism.
  24. Lethophobia Meaning: The fear of oblivion. Origin: 1700s As in: I’m terrified the world is about to end. I am lethophobic.
  25. Slubberdegullion Meaning: A slovenly, slobbering person. Origin: 1650s As in: Look at that sluberdegullion, sprawled on the sofa with his tongue lolling out.
  26. Curmuring Meaning: A low rumbling sound produced by the bowels. Origin: 1880s As in: Nothing worse than audibly curmuring during a job interview.
  27. Lumming Meaning: Heavy rain. Origin: Early 1900s As in: Christ, it’s absolutely lumming down.
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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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aww, but that skips all of the owl pictures :(

Was there a lot of noise? I didn't get any when I visited the page. wonders if bunny volume was off

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IMO the owl pictures are the noise. Fine if you like that sort of thing but I just find it kind of annoying. Nobody should have to scroll that much. :P

Incidentally my aunt-in-law apparently thinks I'm a "grumpy old bastard". I have no idea how she got that impression. :P

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Ah, ok. I hadn't thought of that. Maybe other people feel that way too. Thank you for providing a noise free list! :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/RuizAPR
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What a FABULOUS idea to revive CRAPULOUS.

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Yeah, I can't wait to feel like crap lol. I'm pretty sure that's the shortened version of it. But, I like the novelty of the longer word. And I enjoyed putting it as the main picture under a title like 27 Delightful Obsolete Words jeje

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According to the online etymology dictionary crap and crapulous don't seem to be related.

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Thank you!

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According to my dictionary its origin is derived from the Latin cräpula

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lol. right on!

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Stop being a grumpish slubberdegullion! Twattle with some monsterful new jargon!

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In parts of England (I don't know about the rest of the UK) some of these words are still in use : Elflocks is usually used to describe children's curly hair first thing in the morning, before it's been brushed. The others are used in a slightly different form but are clearly recognisable : Twattle = twaddle (very common this one) Lumming = lamming and Fuzzle = befuzzled (as in I don't understand that at all, my brain is completely befuzzled) . Still enough of this gobbledegook , I can't shillyshally around like this all day like some kind of flippertigibbet otherwise I shall end up unwashed and scruffy as if I was a complete tattermedalion. Ok, I'm just going for a stroll up the ginnell. Sithee later :-))

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Krapula = hangover in Finnish. A very commonly used word (if not the most common) for 'being ill because of excessive drinking'.

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Nice catch, for some reason that association between crapulous and krapula didn't cross my mind, even though I'm a Finn. Perhaps that is because it's currently saturday night instead of sunday morning ;-)

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Nice post

Yes there are definitely some words that would be nice to have in Modern English and crapulous is definitely one of them!

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These are spectacular! I can't wait for the next Internet squabble to break out. I shall call them a bunch of beef-witted brabblers. :D

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Favorite is Twitter-light :D

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