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Everything old is new again.

In honor of how worked up people are getting over dictionaries recording words like "twerk" Mental Floss has compiled a list of 16 obsolete in the Oxford English Dictionary that have very interesting parallels to these horrific trendy new words just added to the Oxford Dictionary Online:

They range from "I guess annoying clipping of words isn't exactly a new thing":

Srsly, 'Cavy
ODO - srsly, adv.: “short for ‘seriously’.”

OED - ‘cavy, n. & adj.: short for “cavalier.”
1650 (Mutatus Polemo) “The Cavies being at that time ready to turn anything, except Roundhead, for some money to be chirpingly drunk.”


to way too similar.

Unlike, Unlike
ODO - unlike, v.: “withdraw one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked).”

OED - unlike, v.: “to give up liking; to cease to like” 1761 (Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph) “My heart is not in a disposition to love... I cannot compel it to like, and unlike, and like anew at pleasure.”


Rabble rabble rabble these durn kids are corrupting our pure precious language! (. . . and corrupting our precious bodily fluids of course.)

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