Last updated on April 4, 2021
I came across a post a while ago that listed some archaic/disused words in the English language. Some of them were awesome! So I went looking for more. Here are some no-longer-used English words that I propose we bring back into common use.
Overmorrow: (on) the day after tomorrow.
Example: “I’ll clean my room overmorrow.”
Ereyesterday: (on) the day before yesterday.
Example: I’m still thinking about the concert I went to ereyesterday.
Bedward: heading toward bed.
Example: It’s late, I’m bedward.
Crapulous: sick from excessive indulgence in food or liquor.
Example: I had the munchies and now I’m feeling crapulous.
(Note, depending on the source, this may or may not apply to excessive indulgence in food. It 100% applies to excessive indulgence in liquor. But we already have ‘hangover’ for that, so crapulous, in my opinion, should apply to overeating.)
Sciolist: a person who pretends to be knowledgeable.
Example: It is inadvisable for a sciolist to attend a conference with masters of the field as their charade will be uncovered.
(Note: Sciolism [a superficial show of learning] is still a modern English word, so I find it odd that sciolist is rarely, if ever, used.)
Fudgel: Pretending to work when you’re not actually doing anything at all.
Example: My privacy screen protector really improved my ability to get away with fudgeling.
(Note: Despite fudgel coming up on numerous archaic word lists, it’s not in any of the dictionaries online. Your guess is as good as mine as to whether this is a real 18th century word or something entirely fabricated.)
Do you know any archaic words that should be brought back into common use? Let me know in the comments!