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30 words we wish were still in use

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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

  • Forgotten English

    Scurryfunge

    A hasty tidying of the house between the time you see a neighbour and the time she knocks on the door

  • Forgotten English

    Woofits

    The unpleasant aftereffects of overindulgence, especially drinking

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    Giglet

    A merry light-hearted, playful, romping girl

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    Condiddle

    To convey away secretly

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    Roger

    To bull, or lie with a woman; from the name of Roger being frequently given to a bull

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    Shinnicked

    Benumbed, paralysed with cold

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    Purfled

    Short-winded, especially in consequence of being too lusty

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    Batten

    To fatten, or grow fat

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    Primpit

    Stiffly or formally dressed

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    Callipygian

    Of, pertaining to, or having well-shaped or finely developed buttocks

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    Loitersacke

    A lazy, loitering fellow

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    Egg-wife-trot

    An easy jog - such a speed as farmers' wives carry their eggs to the market

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    Nizzle

    To be slightly intoxicated, to be worse for liquor; to be unsteady

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    Jangle

    Gossiping, idle talking; to jangle one's time away

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    Sport ivory

    To smile; if [someone] smiled, he sported ivory

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    Panshard

    A passion, a rage. In a panshard, in a rage, out of temper

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    Puckfyst

    Thirsty. The puckfyst is a dried toadstall. Hence, "I feels puckfyst" means I feel as dry as a dried toadstall

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    Wagpastie

    A term of contempt; a rogue

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    Bezonter

    An expletive, denoting surprise. "Bezonter me! but aw'm fair gormed"

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    Chatillionte

    Delightful, amusing. [From] French chatouiller, to tickle, to provoke with delight

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    Chuffy

    Haughty, proud, puffed up

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    Bouffage

    A satisfying meal; adopted from Old French bouffage

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    Hochle

    To tumble lewdly with women in open day

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    Wolf's head

    An outlaw, meaning a person who might be killed with impugnity, like a wolf

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    Doggo

    In hiding; desire to be left alone; lying doggo

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    Quixotism

    Romantic or absurd notions or actions

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    Dormedory

    A sleepy, stupid person who does not get on with work

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    Vinipote

    A wine drinker

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    Toozle

    To pull about – especially applied to any rough dalliance with a female

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    Munz-watcher

    One of those sneaks that make a practise of watching ... sweethearts on their nightly walks, and if any impropriety is witnessed, demanding hush-money to keep the matter secret

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