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30 words we wish were still in use

In this Twitter-happy world of instant slang and text speak, it's easy to forget that some of the best words in the English language belong to a bygone age. Phrases like woofits (a hangover) and callipygian (having a nice bottom) are deliciously satisfying and entertaining - yet completely unrecognisable in the context of today.

After our list of 11 wonderful words of old proved so popular, we turned to author Jeffrey Kacirk - who has devoted himself to unearthing of unusual words from years past, as presented in his calendar series and on his website, Forgotten English - to bring you our selection of our favourite vanishing vocab from the 2011 calendar, which can be viewed in the gallery below.

Click an image to launch the gallery. Also, don't be a loitersacke, and do try to make us chuckle like a giglet by sharing the chatillionte sentences you form using these wonderful words with us on Twitter.

Picture credits: Rex Features

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