mumpsimus

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16 Weird Forgotten English Words
  1. ASTROLOGAMAGE
    a medieval astrologer
  2. CRAPULENCE
    denoted intestinal and cranial distress
  3. EYE-SERVANT
    a servant who who did his duty only lazily except when within sight of his master
  4. FLITTERWOCHEN
    a honeymoon
  5. FRIBBLER
    he’s really a lady, but just won’t commit (behavior of a fribbler was called fribbledom)
  6. GROANING-CHEESE
    a medieval version of an epidural, except cheese
  7. GROG-BLOSSOM
    a gin blossom
  8. LETTICE-CAP
    A medical device, a hair net filled with herbs for curing headaches and insomnia
  9. MUMPSIMUS
    an incorrect opinion that someone clung to
  10. NIGHT-HAG
    a nightmare
  11. NIMGIMMER
    a surgeon who specialized in curing pox or the clap
  12. NUMBLES
    animal intestines and internal organs, which were eaten by peasants in a dish called garbage pye
  13. PETTY-FOGGER
    attorneys were willing to quibble over insignificant legal points … or use unethical practices in order to win a case
  14. PIGGESNYE
    a sweetheart (from the phrase “pig’s eye”)
  15. PILGARLIK
    a bald head, which apparently resembled peeled garlic
  16. RATTONER
    a exterminator