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WEDNESDAY, AUG 24, 2011  |  1 comments
Disappearing words: wittol, drysalter, and alienism
Collins Dictionary experts have compiled a list of words which have fallen out of use by tracking how often they appear.

Other words on the list include 'wittol' - a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, which has not been much used since the 1940s.

The terms 'drysalter', a dealer in certain chemical products and foods, and 'alienism', the study and treatment of mental illness, have also faded from use.

Some of the vanished words are old-fashioned modes of transport such as the 'cyclogiro', a type of aircraft propelled by rotating blades, and charabanc, a motor coach. ...


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"Collins Dictionary experts have compiled a list of words which have fallen out of use"

Not a good idea since it is usually the uncommon words not in use which we look for in the Dictionary.

There has been quite a few words which I have looked for when reading for example old Puritan books and the like, the modern dictionaries have been NO help, so I keep a stock of 'old' dictionaries.

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