Language is a fickle beast. Just take the yearly additions to the exhaustive Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which features words so utterly current it’s hard to predict their longevity, as proof. Just as certain slang phrases (on fleek, bae, basic, and so on) are so ubiquitous now, so too were an entire other cast of characters in decades past. We dug up 25 terms dating back to the 18th century that we love and think are due for a comeback. Do you accept our challenge to drop one of these into a conversation ever so casually? We hope so.
The Superior Person's Second Book of Weird and Wondrous Words by Peter Bowler and Ron Bell ($3 and up)