Bring Back These Words!

20 Obsolete English Words That Should Make a Comeback

by Heather Carreiro

Okay, I’d never seen any of these, and actually did find them potentially useful when I read her explanations. However, I wouldn’t advise an author to include them in a story — readers would be quite annoyed when they don’t understand and then can’t even find them in most dictionaries. And of course, Spellchecker keeps flagging them. Here are the first few:






Sanguinolency (addiction to bloodshed!)




My favorite from the list is Perissology, a noun that would be of great use to editors, as it means “use of more words than necessary; redundancy of expression”. Yep, I could use this a lot when providing editing comments to authors.


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