Experts in bid to revive ‘lost’ English words
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.”