From Inside Higher Ed:
At Wayne State University, the Word Warriors release annually a list of words “worthy of retrieval from the linguistic cellar.” Check out their very fitting list for 2021:
Anagapesis — Loss of feelings for someone who was formerly loved.
Blatteroon — A senseless babbler or boaster.
Brontide — A low, muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions, especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors.
Dysania — The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
Footle — Engage in fruitless activity; mess about.
Maleolent — Foul-smelling, odorous.
Paralian — Someone who lives by the sea.
Snollygoster — A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.
Sophronize — To imbue with moral principles or self-control.
Ultracrepidarian — Expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one’s knowledge or expertise.
How many of these words can you use in a sentence? Do you have a favorite forgotten word to nominate for the list?
You can find the archives at wordwarriors.wayne.edu. New entries are posted there — as well as on Facebook — weekly.