25 Old Words And Phrases That Should Make A Comeback

Posted by , Updated on June 21, 2024

Alright, let’s be honest—**folks** have used languages in all kinds of **cool** and **interesting** ways over the years. Sure, we have our own set of slang (check it out on Urban Dictionary), but that doesn’t mean it’s better just because it’s new. And hey, using old-fashioned words doesn’t automatically mean it’s worse either. Don’t get us wrong; we aren’t saying everything was better before, society isn’t falling apart, young people aren’t to blame, and today’s music isn’t awful. History had its problems too. Nowadays, we live longer and enjoy more comforts than ever. But, let’s not get off track. Today’s chat focuses on the **history of language**. Without diving into the messy political stuff, let’s take a fun trip down memory lane to see how English evolved. While modern slang is groovy, check out these 25 **Old-Fashioned Words and Phrases That Should Make a Comeback**!

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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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