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Away with words; our changing vocab.


DO you know your charabancs from your younkers? If not, don't fret - because as far as the English language is concerned, they've become obsolete.

Each year, language experts compile lists of words that have fallen out of favour and are no longer written or spoken.

In the latest study, it was revealed aerodrome and charabanc are to be left out of the latest editions of the Collins Dictionary.

Dr Ruth O'Donovan, of the Collins Dictionary, explained yesterday: "We track words using a very large database of language.

"We can track the frequency of existing words and when they get below a certain threshold we see them as being obsolete.

"Such words are in our largest dictionary but we would exclude them from our smaller dictionaries."

Thousands of other words have become extinct over the years - and a few of them should make you kench out loud...

Woolfell The skin of a sheep or similar animal with the fleece still attached.

Best Before: 1890s Alienism ThE study and treatment of mental illness Best Before: 1920s Rundlet A LiquiD measure, usually about 15 gallons Best Before: 1920s Wittol mAN who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness Best Before: 1940s Drysalter DeALer in certain chemical products, such as dyestuffs and gums, also dried, tinned, or salted foods and edible oils. Best Before: 1950s Supererogate TO do or perform more than is required.

Best Before: 1900 Deliciate To take one's pleasure, enjoy oneself, revel, luxuriate Brabble TO quarrel about trifles; especially to quarrel noisily, brawl, squabble Kench To laugh loudly bever A snACk between meals, such as those potato-based thingamajigs you usually get in a packet.

Cyclogiro A Type of aircraft propelled by rotating blades Best Before: 1990s Aerodrome A LANDINg area, especially for private aircraft, usually smaller than an airport. Best Before: 1960s Frigorific CAusing cold or freezing.

Best Before: 1960s Blucher A hIgh shoe with laces over the tongue. Best Before: 1970s Fun fur An inexpensivefur garment made from a common, easily obtainable source, such as rabbit, often dyed various colours, worn as an alternative to more expensive furs, such as mink. Best Before: 1960s Pesthouse hOSpITAL for treating persons with infectious diseases Best Before: 70s Prick song A pieCe of written vocal music.

Best Before: 1970s Younker A YOUNkER was a young gentleman or knight Best Before: 1920s Gilly gaupus Awkward, foolish or silly person Brannigan A drinking bout, spree or "binge" Hoddypeak A FOOL, noodle or blockhead Quagswagging The action of shaking to and fro Widdendream A state of mental disturbance or confusion Charabanc A mOTOR coach, especially one used for sightseeing tours Best Before: 1960s Banting sLiMMing by avoiding eating sugar, starch, and fat.

Best Before:1980s uranography The branch of astronomy concerned with the description and mapping of the stars, galaxies, etc Best Before: 1910s Ludibrious ApT to be a subject of jest or mockery Jollux Slang, used in the late 18th Century to describe a "fat person"
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Title Annotation:Editorial
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2011
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