11 Fun Not-So-Old English Words You Need To Use

There’s a whole bunch of fun words that we no longer use in the English language. Words such as caboose (a kitchen on a ship’s deck) or tapster (a person who serves at a bar) are age-old so you might not be familiar with them.


However, there are less archaic words that are no longer popular in today’s lingo, so you probably remember your grandparents or even your parents harping on as follows:

Agog – Eager or curious to hear or see something. E.g. I’m all agog. (Similar to the slang term I’m all ears).

Balderdash – talking nonsense. E.g. He could not believe the balderdash he was hearing.

Baloney – foolish, rubbish or ridiculous talk. E.g. How could you possibly fall for such baloney.

Blithering – talking foolishly. E.g. He’s a blithering idiot.

Bamboozle – to deceive or get the better of (someone). E.g. They bamboozled us into handing over the cash.

Bogus – not real or not legal. E.g. She handed over some bogus paperwork to support her case, or Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey!

Degust – taste (something) carefully to appreciate it fully. E.g. Sharon didn’t just eat it, she degusted it.

Flabbergast – to astonish or take someone by surprise. E.g. Tony was flabbergasted at the airport check-in when he was upgraded to first class.

Impish – mischievous or getting into trouble. E.g. He had an impish grin on his face.

Malarkey – lies, insincerity or exaggerated talk. E.g. Reading Facebook news again? Don’t fall for all that malarkey.

Onus – blame or responsibility. E.g. The onus is on you for making a terrible mistake.

Malarkey, in particular is my favourite not-so-old English word. “What’s all this malarkey” I remember fondly from my childhood! You too?

I say bring them back. How much fun would we have with some of these not-so-old English words if we threw them into our every day conversation?


Some folk might be flabbergasted by your blithering words, but others will be all agog to hear more!


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