This year for Christmas I got a “Forgotten English” day calendar by Jeffrey Kacirk, which is filled with antiquated English words and phrases. Being such a dork about words and language, I’m obviously lovin’ it.
Five of my favorites:
Pure Quill: A strange synonym for “the real thing,” the very essence of an argument. Also applied to any subject thought worthy of superlative praise. – John Farmer’s Americanisms Old and New, 1889.
Holy-cruel: Cruel by being too virtuous. – John Phin’s Shakespeare Cyclopaedia and New Glossary, 1902
Flire: To laugh, or rather to have a countenance expressive of laughter, without laughing out. From Icelandic flyra. — John Brockett’s Glossary of North Country Words, 1825
Culch: Great quantity of rain. – Jabez Good’s Glossary of East Lincolnshire, 1900
Unkard: A person in a strange place with which he is unacquainted is said to be unkard. The word, when applied to a place, means lonely. -F.T. Dinsdale’s Glossary of Provincial Words Used in Teesdale in the County of Durham, 1849