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Last Updated on September 3, 2018

24 Old English Words You Should Start Using Again

24 Old English Words You Should Start Using Again

Language changes over time; words and phrases come and go. In many cases, there is a good reason for words leaving our vocabulary.

I am certainly grateful that modern sewer systems mean there is no longer a need for the term Gardyloo – a warning call before chamber pots were poured out of windows onto the streets below.

Other old English words, however, still have perfectly valid meanings in our modern world and really need to be brought back, if only for the pleasure of saying them.

Here are 24 old English words and slang terms that are fun to say, still useful, and should never have left us in the first place:

1. Bedward

Exactly as it sounds, bedward means heading for bed. Who doesn’t like heading bedward after a hard day?

2. Billingsgate

This one is a sneaky word; it sounds so very proper and yet it refers to abusive language and curse words.

3. Brabble

Do you ever brabble? To brabble is to argue loudly about matters of no importance.

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4. Crapulous

A most appropriate sounding word for the condition of feeling ill as a result of too much eating/drinking.

5. Elflock

Such a sweet word to describe hair that is tangled, as if it has been matted by elves.

    6. Erstwhile

    This very British sounding word refers to things that are not current, that belong to a former time, rather like the word itself.

    7. Expergefactor

    Something that wakes you up is an expergefactor. For most of us it’s our alarm clocks, but it could be anything from a chirping bird to a noisy neighbor.

    8. Fudgel

    Fudgel is the act of giving the impression you are working, when really you are doing nothing.

    9. Groke

    This means to stare intently at someone who is eating, in the hope that they will give you some. Watch any dog for a demonstration.

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      10. Grubble

      Grubble might sound like the name of a character from a fantasy novel but it does in fact mean to feel or grope around for something that you can’t see.

      11. Hugger-mugger

      What a fun way to describe secretive, or covert behavior.

      12. Hum durgeon

      An imaginary illness. Sounds more like an imaginary word. Have you ever suffered from hum durgeon?

      13. Jargogle

      This is a perfect word that should never have left our vocabulary, it means to confuse or jumble.

      14. Lanspresado

      It sounds like the name of a sparkling wine, but no, it means a person who arrives somewhere, having conveniently forgotten their wallet, or having some other complicated story to explain why they don’t have money with them.

      15. Mumpsimus

      Mumpsimums is an incorrect view on something that a person refuses to let go of.

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      16. Quagswag

      To shake something backwards and forwards is to quagswag, who knew?

      17. Rawgabbit

      We all know a few rawgabbits. A rawgabbit is a person who likes to gossip confidentially about matters that they know nothing about.

        18. Snollygoster

        I think we can all agree this is a fantastic sounding word. It means a person who has intelligence but no principles; a dangerous combination. Watch out for the snollygosters, they live amongst us.

        19. Snottor

        This old english term has the unlikely meaning of “wise.” Really?

        20. Trumpery

        Things that look good but are basically worthless. I said THINGS, not people.

        21. Uhtceare

        This means lying awake worrying before dawn. We all do this, we just didn’t know there was a word for it. Say it now, like this: oot-key-are-a.

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          22. Ultracrepidarian

          Similar to the rawgabbit, this person takes every opportunity to share their opinion about things they know nothing about. Social media is the perfect outlet for these people.

          23. Zwodder

          Being in a drowsy, fuzzy state, after a big night out perhaps?

          And finally, I broke the alphabetical listing to save my favorite till last…

          24. Cockalorum

          A small man with a big opinion of himself.

          Why not see how many of these you can work into a conversation today?

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          3 Keys to Success in Life (That Will Change You in 2019)

          3 Keys to Success in Life (That Will Change You in 2019)

          Do you want to program your mind and hack your body to stay in a positive state, a state of action taking throughout the day? I suggest you read on.

          We will look at 3 keys to success that successful people are doing that you can model to program your mind to be in the state of succeeding from the moment upon waking, and make decisions throughout the day that will lead you towards your desires.

          The Biggest Obstacle to Success: Going on Autopilot

          One of the biggest pitfalls in the modern society is to fall into the trap of going on autopilot, to be walking dead and do what everyone else are doing. Most of us are too busy reacting and responding to the environment and what’s happening around us.

          While we should act and take charge of our own world and our own reality. We forget to stay focused and we forget about our goals.

          Learn to be conscious. Being more conscious in your day-to-day decisions will lead you to take the appropriate actions to reach your goals.

          Have a purpose with life, act according to your values, and don’t let people tell you what to do or how things should be.

          When you start to make more conscious decisions, you will start to think about if this is going to take you closer to your goals or drift you further away.

          Why are you doing what you’re doing right now? Why are you reading this? Nothing else to do? Or are you reading this site so you might pick up a thing or two to consciously incorporate in your life to improve yourself that will move you in the direction you want?

          What are your goals? Be healthy? Lose weight? Be fit? Get the dream job? Have the dream house? Live the dream life? Make a certain amount of money? Start a family?

          If you truly want to pursue these goals and actually see them come true, you need to start taking actions consciously.

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          3 Keys to Success in Life (That You Can Start Doing Now)

          There are 3 things we have to consciously start doing:

            Now I’ll show you how you can achieve each of them in details.

            1. Write down Your Goals

            The first thing you do in the morning will determine what your day is going to be like. Program your mind to be in a powerful state from the moment upon waking, and you are guaranteed to have a productive and great day.

            How you can do this is by writing your goals down, every morning. Then, once you’ve done that, circle the most important goal,  the goal that in the long-term will have the most impact on your life.

            Now ask yourself this question: “What actions can I make today that will change everything and take me closer to this goal?

            Write down all the actions you can think of, circle the two most important ones and start doing them. Don’t stop until it’s done.

            This is an extremely powerful method of getting in the right state first thing in the morning. Instead of wandering around half-dead and spending 30 minutes to wake up, you are hacking your mind to be productive.

            Another powerful reason for writing down your goals is that by reading them it makes us feel good, write them as if they’re already accomplished. You’re already there.

            Re-reading and re-writing them every morning will ensure you to be in a resourceful state where you act based on your goals. You will make conscious decisions throughout the day that will support your goals and take you closer to them.

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            Goals that are not written down are merely wishes. Learn how to set great goals here: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

            The power of writing goals as if you’re already there takes us to point number 2.

            2. Create a Powerful Belief System

            Ask any successful person what their number one rule for succeeding is. They all have this in common:

            They believe in themselves and what they’re doing, and they are not afraid to say it.

            If you don’t believe in yourself, why would anyone else?

            When people ask you about your goals in life, don’t be afraid to say it out loud. If you have high goals, they might laugh and look at you funny. But if you’re insecure about your goals, you will make insecure decisions that will lead you nowhere.

            Go against the grain, stand out. After all, how many people in the world today are actually living the dream? Now, how many of these people will respond something in the likes of “I don’t know” if you ask what their goals are?

            Be determined and believe in yourself. People will respect you for having the guts for going after what you truly desire.

            I once heard a story about a guy that worked in a video store. Every day he would bring two magazines to work, one was an entrepreneur magazine and the other was a magazine loaded with expensive and fast-riding cars. His boss would ask him why he was bringing these magazines to work every day and his answer was: “I’m picking out the car I’m going to buy.”

            The response from the boss was like most average minds saying he was killing himself thinking like that, he would never ever get that car and would just end up disappointed when it never happened.

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            Turned out, the guy later quit the job at the video store and followed his dream. Some years later he return to the video store to return a video, and he did so in the car he picked out from the magazine.

            The same people were working in the store as the day he used to work there. Now can you imagine the looks on their faces when he turned up in the car they said he never ever would get?

            Priceless. And it all started by creating a powerful belief system.

            The first step to living and achieving your dream is to believe it and imagine it. When you believe in your mind that you’ve already achieved your goals, you will develop a sense of certainty. That certainty will lead to action steps, when you know what the outcome is going to be it’s much easier to pick out the actions that are necessary to get there.

            You are certain you will live in the body you want.

            You are certain you will live in the dream house with the dream family.

            You are certain you will have the job you want, and earn the money you believe you’re worth.

            By constantly repeating in your mind the images of yourself succeeding, you create neural pathways in the brain. Your mind can’t tell the difference between what you vividly imagine and the reality.

            Go out and day dream. Go out and believe, imagine already living your dreams and goals. With enough repetition, you become certain that this is the only outcome and you work backwards to find ways for making it happen.

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            3. Invest in Yourself

            A wise man was once asked what the best possible investment someone could make. His answer was short, sweet and simple: “Invest In Yourself.”

            The man’s name is Warren Buffett. He is known as the world’s greatest investor. According to Forbes, he has a net worth of $53.5 Billion.

            Hiring a personal coach, getting a membership at a gym, buying healthy foods, books and education are not expenses. They are investments: investments in yourself.

            Some things you can do today to invest in yourself are:

            • Go to the gym and train. Physical training releases endorphins and makes you feel great. It increases productivity and energy levels. By investing time in the gym, you’ll be better able to handle daily tasks and what life throws at you. Forty-five to fifty minutes is all you need, it’s actually the best time to shoot for in a workout.
            • Eat good food. When you go to the grocery store after work, ask yourself: “What foods will nourish my mind and body to feel and perform better?” You are setting yourself up for greatness and consciously making yourself aware of what foods will empower you, therefore make better decisions.
            • Start reading books. Everyone buys books, but very few actually reads them cover to cover.
            • Stop reading books and start studying them. Few read the books they buy, but even fewer remembers what they read. Stop reading books and start studying books.
            • Study at least one hour a day. “One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you’ll be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” – Brian Tracy
            • Take notes. Never leave home without a pen and a piece of paper. The best ideas often comes in the least appropriate times, write them down. Don’t trust your mind to remember them—it won’t. Writing it down right away will also allow your mind to store and come up with more ideas. Nowadays, you can use plenty of notes-taking apps like Evernote.
            • Learn a new skill. Learn something new every day, a new skill or a new word. One new skill every day equals 365 new skills a year. Now imagine where you could be a year from now if you start doing it today?
            • Do something for yourself. Yes, hard work is a major factor for succeeding, but at least once per month do something fun, something outrageous and spontaneous that makes you feel alive. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

            The Crucial Rule to Follow

            The last piece of advice and rule to follow: Keep on, keeping on.

            Sometimes, things get hard and the road seems too long. You just have to keep on, keeping on.

            Revisit your goals and start imagining, all of the sudden you’ve changed your state and you’re on the right track again. The track that will take you to greatness.

            Use these 3 keys to create your destiny and achieve what you want in life.

            Go get it.

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