Every generation creates its own terms as a way of expressing themselves or the times they live in. So, as our world changes, words
come and go. Below are some words that have either been lost in time, or are very seldom used. They all look and sound a bit weird, which also makes them fun!
Abatude: Means money that's been clipped. In the old days, the edges of gold or silver coins would be clipped off to make change. So the entire image would not be showing. Think on today's term with a quarter having a nip out the corner to represent 12 cents because you don't have a dime and two pennies.
Abligurition: Spending just an inconceivably large amount of money on food.
Acrasia: Lack of self-control; when you act against your better judgment.
Accismus: When you pretend to be not interested in something or someone, when you really are interested.
Agamous: To be unmarried.
Agelast: A person who never laughs.
Agiotage: A stock term that means the manipulating by speculations the raising and lowering of stock prices.
Agliff: A verb meaning frightened.
Agonistarch: A person who trained combatants for games. (i.e. a coach)
Agowilt: Sudden fear; sickening fear.
Alexiteric: Adjective meaning to ward off a contagion or having the properties of an anecdote. From a Greek word meaning "protection."
Alogotrophy: Means excessive nutrition to any one part of the body resulting in deformity. From Greek word meaning "unreasonable nourishment."
Anabiosis: A return to life after death (or apparent death).
Anagnorisis: The moment of recognition or discovery (in a play, movie, etc.)
Ananym: A name that is formed by reversing the letters of another name. Example is Oprah and Harpo.
Anglewitch: Obsolete word meaning a worm used as bait in fishing.
Anopisthograph: Anything that has writing on just one side of it (usually paper),
Antapology: A reply to an apology (good or bad).
Antonomasia: When a trademark is used as a generic term. An example is using Kleenex to refer to all tissues or Xerox to refer to all copied documents. This is more of a legal term, than a social one.
Apocrisiary: A person appointed to give answers. From the Greek word meaning "answer."
Aprosexia: An abnormal inability to pay attention, characterized by near-complete indifference to everything. Opposite is /hyperprosexia/, meaning to concentrate on one thing to the exclusion of everything else; and, /paraprosexia/, meaning the inability to pay attention to anyone thing (a state of constant distraction).
Argute: Ajective that means shrewd.
Ascesis: The practice of self-discipline. From the Greek word meaning "to exercise."
Aspectabund: Adjective that means you have an expressive face.
Aspherterism: A belief that there should be no private property. This is a synonym for communism. From the Greek work meaning, "Nothing of one's own."
Aucupate: A verb meaning to go bird watching. Figuratively it can mean "to lie in wait for or hunt." Comes from Latin meaning "bird catch."
Autochthon: The name of a human being born from the soil where he or she lives. Today we call this person a hometown boy or a homeboy. From the Greek word that means "sprung from the land itself."
Autophoby: The fear of referring to yourself. The fear of using the pronouns "I" or "Me." A good example is Elmo of Sesame Street. He never says those pronouns!
Autoschediastic: Done on the spur of the moment or improvised.
Avatrol: A bastard.
Avoy!: An expression of fear; surprise.