Researchers Have Identified Thirty "Lost" English Words

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Have you ever been called a nickum? Someone's saying you're a liar. What about snout-fair? It might not sound like a compliment, but it actually means handsome or fair-faced. Or maybe you're feeling rouzy-bouzy? You might want to calm it down because you're being a boisterous drunk.

The English language is constantly evolving. Last year, 1,200 new words were added to the Oxford Dictionary, including yolo, moobs, slacktivism, and fuhgeddaboudit. But what about words that fall out of use? 

Dominic Watt, a senior linguistics lecturer at the University of York, and his team have poured over historical texts and dictionaries for olde English words to bring back into the modern-day lexicon. They put together a list of 30 words as part of their "Lost Words Campaign". 

"As professional linguists and historians of English we were intrigued by the challenge of developing a list of lost words that are still relevant to modern life, and that we could potentially campaign to bring back into modern day language,” Watt explained, according to the Daily Mail.

Each word in the final 30 fall into one of four categories: post-truth (deception), appearance, emotions, and personality and behavior.

"Within these themes, we've identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with language of old," Watt said.

The research was done in collaboration with the insurance company, Privilege. 

"Research like this is important, and it highlights the constantly evolving nature of the English language, with as many words entering as leaving," said Christian Mendes, head of Privilege home insurance. 

Now, you can vote for your favorite. Which one do you want to see brought back to life? The winner will be added to the Oxford Dictionary.

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