29 Forgotten And Underused Words You Should Be Adding Your Vocabulary.
This article is based on "Another 20 Forgotten Words That Should Be Brought Back" and "11 Amazing Words We Should Be Using". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article. Definitions are provided by Oxford English Dictionary.
Brush up on your vocabulary and try using one of these words every day. If you get to the bottom of the list you'll have been using new words for almost a month. Give it a try!
1. Chork: (n.) the noise shoes make when they're full of water
2. Mondegreen: (n.) a misunderstood word or phrase from mishearing something, especially lyrics to a song
3. Gallimaufry: (n.) a dish made up of throwing together odds and ends of food; a hodge-podge
4. Uglyography: (n.) bad handwriting; terrible spelling
5. Mollycoddle: (v.) to pamper; to treat in an over-indulgent or excessively protective way.
6. Overmorrow: (n.) the day after tomorrow
7. Eucatastrophe: (n.) a happy ending, especially in a fictional narrative
8. Ultra-crepidarian: (n.) one who ventures beyond his scope; an ignorant or presumptuous critic
9. Mumpsimus: (n.) a person who adheres to old traditions even when proved wrong; someone who is ignorant of reform
10. Guttle: (v.) to eat voraciously; to devour or swallow greedily
11. Blither: (v.) to talk nonsense
12. Nameling: (n.) a person with the same name as someone else
13. Jirble: (v.) to spill a liquid by shaking the vessel; to pour out unsteadily
14. Cachinnate: (v.) to laugh loudly
15. Lummox: (n.) a large, clumsy person
16. Assiduous: (adj.) constantly endeavouring to please; diligent to the business at hand
17. Desultory: (adj.) random; jumping from one thing to another; wavering
18. Rococo: (adj.) excessively ornate or intricate
19. Bloviate: (adj.) to talk at length, especially in a pompous manner
20. Thrice: (adv.) three times
21. Deliciate: (v.) to revel and luxuriate in oneself
22. Egrote: (v.) to fake being sick
23. Jehu: (n.) a fast or furious driver
24. Zarf: (n.) a cup-shaped sleeve for hot beverages
25. Filemot: (n.) the colour of a dying leaf
26. Tacenda: (n.) things better not mentioned
27. Opsimath: (n.) a person who starts studying later in life
28. Degust: (v.) to taste attentively so as to appreciate the flavour
29. Saudade: (n.) nostalgia; melancholy
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