Zounds! These obsolete yet colorful words have fallen out of use, but you’ll sound super smart mixing them into your next cocktail conversation.


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Whether you’re discussing politics or wrangling small children, the word “brabble” could still find plenty of use in today’s society. Meaning “to argue stubbornly about trifles” or, in noun form, “noisy, quarrelsome chatter,” the word originated from the Middle Dutch brabbelen and eventually morphed into the more-recognized “jabber.” The next time your children are arguing, tell them, “If you kids don’t stop all of your brabbling, you won’t get ice cream after dinner.” These 10 words have different meanings in England and America.


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It sounds like a term your teenager might make up when he isn’t feeling well, but the word “crapulous” actually has a long and respectful history, originating in the 1500s. Not surprisingly, it does relate to feeling unwell, but in this case, it describes not feeling well after indulging in too much eating or drinking: “I ate all of that cake at the party last night, and now I’m feeling completely crapulous.”


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No, that’s not a typo for a form of public transportation. Rather, back in the 16th century, the word “buss” referred to a kiss—especially a loud or exuberant one. Derived from the Middle English term “bassen,” which means “to kiss,” the word’s first known use is somewhere around 1570.