25 Old Words And Phrases That Should Make A Comeback

Let’s face it, back in the good ole’ days people had some pretty nifty ways of saying things. Of course, we have our own vocabulary today (just take a look at urban dictionary), but sometimes just because something is new doesn’t necessarily mean it is better. Without a doubt, however, this works the other way around too. To clarify, we aren’t trying to imply that everything was better back in the day and that society has just fallen apart and that kids these days are no good and that music is awful and just take us back to the 60’s when everything was rosy. No. Not at all. For starters, everything wasn’t rosy….ever. In fact, by most metrics, we live in a more peaceful world than ever before; we live longer; and we live more comfortably. But that is neither here nor there. Today’s list is about language and the way people have used it over time. Without getting political, we’re just going to get a little nostalgic and take a tour of how the English language has evolved. Although we have our cool little modern slang, these are 25 Old Words And Phrases That Should Make A Comeback!

Featured Image:  Antonio Litterio via wikimedia

25

Old hat

hatSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: liz west via flickr

It used to mean something that is past its prime, but now this phrase is just old hat.

24

Curmudgeon

complaintSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: publicdomainpictures.net

Somebody who complains a lot

23

Big cheese

bossSource: thefreedictionary.com, Image: pixabay

The boss

22

Put a sock in it

quiet zoneSource: thefreedictionary.com, Image: CGP Grey via flickr

Shut up!

21

Shake a leg

let's goSource: thefreedictionary.com, Image: Snuff13 via wikimedia

Get moving!

20

Ratfink

i smell a snitchSource: oxforddictionaries.com

To snitch on somebody

19

Cad

rudeSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: Vladimer Shioshvili via flickr

A rude and selfish man

18

The Cat's Pajamas

trophySource: wiktionary, Image: pixabay

Somebody who is the best at what they do. (“Oh wow, he’s the cat’s pajamas!”)

17

Dapper

i find this attire appeelingSource: oxforddictionaries.com

It means to have a neat appearance.

16

Gone

coolSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: Alan Levine via flickr

As in “cool.” For example, “Dude that’s so gone man.”

15

Scoundrel

you sir are a hurtful scoundrelSource: oxforddictionaries.com

Do we even need to tell you what this means?

14

Dandy

bowtieSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

As a noun, it refers to a man who cares too much about his appearance. As an adjective, it describes something that is very good or impressive.

13

Balderdash

what is this nonsenseSource: oxforddictionaries.com

These are foolish words or ideas.

 

Some words may not leave a language but change meaning. Check out 25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Originally Did.

12

Nincompoop

why so foolishSource: oxforddictionaries.com

A foolish or selfish person

11

Donnybrook

argumentSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

It’s a public argument.

10

Ballyhoo

jumpingSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

This refers to talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about something.

9

Tomfoolery

sillySource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

Another word for “playful or silly behavior.”

8

Fisticuffs

fightSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: https://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/image/V0050236.html (CC BY 4.0)

It means “fist fight.”

7

Overmorrow

calendarSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

This refers to the day after tomorrow.

6

Old sport

1920sSource: enotes.com, Image: Library of Congress

This was supposed to sound antiquated even in the 1920’s. It’s a term of endearment used for friends.

5

Galoot

dogSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

Your grandma may have affectionately called your dog this although the true meaning referred to a clumsy person.

4

Thrice

threeSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

Once, twice, thrice!

3

That's the ticket!

thumbs upSource: thefreedictionary.com, Image: pixabay

Said when something is right

2

Fellas

friendsSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: Vaibhav Sharan via flickr

This one is still used in some places (short for fellows).

1

Scram

fingerSource: oxforddictionaries.com, Image: pixabay

Means, “Get out of here!”

 

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