Researchers Have Identified Thirty "Lost" English Words

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These are the words to choose from:

Ambodexter - a person who takes bribes from both sides

Awhape - to amaze, stupefy with fear, or confound utterly

Betrump - to deceive, cheat, elude, or slip from

Coney-catch - to swindle, cheat, trick, dupe, or deceive

Dowsabel - sweetheart or "lady-love"

Ear-rent - the figurative cost to a person of listening to trivial or incessant talk

Fumish - inclined to fume or be hot-tempered, irascible, or passionate

Hugge - to shudder, shrink, shiver, or shake with fear or cold

Hugger-mugger - concealment or secrecy

Losenger - a false flatterer, a lying rascal, or a deceiver

Man-millinery - suggestive of male vanity or pomposity

Merry-go-sorry - a combination of joy and sorrow

Momist - a person who habitually finds fault or is a harsh critic

Nickum - a cheating or dishonest person

Parget - to plaster the face or body with powder or paint

Peacockize - to behave like a peacock, especially to pose or strut ostentatiously

Percher - a person who aspires to a higher status

Quacksalver - a person who dishonestly claims knowledge and skill in medicine

Rouker - a person who whispers or murmurs, who spreads false rumors

Rouzy-bouzy - boisterously drunk

Ruff - to swagger or bluster, to brag or boast

Sillytonian - a silly or gullible person

Slug-a-bed - a person who lies long in bed through laziness

Snout-fair - to have a fair countenance or be fair-faced, comely, or handsome

Stomaching - full of malignity, or given to cherish anger or resentment

Swerk - to become gloomy, troubled, or sad

Teen - to vex, irritate, annoy, or enrage someone

Tremblable - causing dread or horror

Wasteheart - used to express grief, pity, regret, disappointment, or concern

Wlonk - rich, splendid, fine, or magnificent

[H/T: BBC News]

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