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Five (Unfortunately) Obsolete Words

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.



As the English language continues to grow and develop, many new words are added, but many are also discarded or rendered obsolete.
As the English language continues to grow and develop, many new words are added, but many are also discarded or rendered obsolete. Though you won't find these words in most modern dictionaries, they remain valid but just incredibly under-used, unfortunately:

1. Chantepleure: To sing and weep at the same time.

2. Dibble: To drink like a duck (lifting up the head after each sip)

3. Eyeservice: Work done only when one's supervisor or boss is watching.

4. Groak: To watch people silently while they are eating, hoping to be invited to join them.

5. Neanimorphic: Looking younger than one's true age.