YOUNG VOICES

10 Neglected Words You Need To Start Using

15/01/2015 10:58 GMT | Updated 15/01/2015 11:59 GMT
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Look ho, you rapscallion! Begone with your flapdoodle "selfies" and "hashtags" and lay-to proper English.

Not a clue what we're on about? Don't blame you. We're only just getting the hang of it ourselves.

According to Wayne State University, we should be using more neglected words in our everyday conversations. So forget the tweeps, crowdfunding and pho - which were among 150 new words and definitions added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary,, and start flexing your tongue muscles with these delightful words.

(FYI - obambulate is deffo our fave.)

Caterwaul

A shrill howling or wailing noise.

As the storm raged on, the caterwaul from the wind as it whipped through the trees kept me from getting any sleep.

Concinnity

The skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something.

As the choir sang in the vast cathedral, I couldn't help but marvel at the concinnity of Handel's "Messiah."

Flapdoodle

Nonsense.

His talk show was a collection of flapdoodle about politics and conspiracies.

Knavery

A roguish or mischievous act.

His presidency was founded on malice, lies and knavery.

Melange

A mixture of different things.

Her painting was a melange of colors and shapes that dazzled the eyes.

Obambulate

To walk about.

During our vacation, my wife and I would wake up early and obambulate around the empty beach.

Opsimath

A person who begins to learn or study only late in life.

Uninterested in anything intellectual for most of his life, my father turned into an opsimath after retirement, attending lectures and always carrying a book.

Philistine

A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.

Ever the philistine, my dad never understood the joy I found in foreign films and classical music.

Rapscallion

A mischievous person.

April Fools' Day was better than Christmas for the young rapscallion.

Subtopia

Monotonous urban sprawl of standardized buildings.

As the city grew outward, our charming small town became a subtopia overrun with franchise pharmacies and strip malls.

You had one job!