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Wonderful words of old

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Last week, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary - which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year - announced that modern vocabulary such as "retweet", "sexting" and "jeggings" had been chosen for inclusion in the 12th Edition.

However, a commitment to covering "the language of its own time" inevitably leads to various words being eliminated from the dictionary from edition to edition. In a bid to avoid losing these forever, we asked OED editor Angus Stevenson to dig through the archives to share some of the lost (and wonderful-to-pronounce) words that no longer feature on the dictionary's pages.

Get your tongue around the 11 wonderful words of old below. Now, if you need us, we'll be in our growlery, mafficking with a slapping novel and goluptious glass of wine...

Picture credits: Rex Features

Brabble

Meaning: Paltry, noisy quarrel

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Foozle

Meaning: Do clumsily, bungle, make a mess of

Removed: 8th edition - 1990

Goluptious

Meaning: Delightful, luscious

Removed: 8th edition - 1990

Growlery

Meaning: Growling; place to growl in, private room, den

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Hum

Meaning: A sham, hoax

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Kheda

Meaning: An enclosure used in Bengal to catch elephants

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Maffick

Meaning: To exult riotously

Removed: 8th edition - 1990

Mag

Meaning: A halfpenny coin

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Marconigram

Meaning: A message sent by Marconi’s system of wireless telegraphy

Removed: 8th edition - 1990

Slapping

Meaning: Very big, good, or fast

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

Squiffer

Meaning: A concertina (as seen on Paloma Faith's head, right)

Removed: 6th edition - 1976

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