Ex­perts in bid to re­vive ‘lost’ English words

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

LAN­GUAGE EX­PERTS in York­shire have com­piled a list of “lost” English words in the hope they could be brought back into mod­ern-day us­age.

Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of York scoured his­toric texts to un­cover 30 words that are no longer used but could still be rel­e­vant. The list in­cludes words such as “be­trump” – mean­ing to de­ceive, cheat or elude – and “slug-a-bed” – a per­son who lies in late.

Se­nior lec­turer Dr Do­minic Watt said: “We’ve iden­ti­fied lost words that are both in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing, in the hope of help­ing peo­ple re-en­gage with lan­guage of old.”

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