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10 Almost-Extinct Words You Should Start Using Right Away

Whenever the dictionary gets updated, some words face the chopping block. If you would be sad to see “skedaddle” skedaddle from our language, then add it (and the rest of these little-used words) back to your everyday vocabulary—before they’re gone forever.

Embrangle

Definition: To embroil, confuse, or entangle.

Usage: Mom’s plants dangled, I got embrangled, and now I have two sprained ankles.

Snollygoster

Definition: A shrewd, selfish person, especially a politician.

Usage: This November, American voters might elect a snollygoster to the White House.

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Fubsy

Definition: Chubby or squat.

Usage: Despite my new year’s health resolutions, holiday leftovers kept me fubsy well into March.

Recrement

Definition: waste matter; scum.

Usage: Sanitation workers were understandably cross when my medieval role-play group started dumping their recrement directly into the street.

Skirr

Definition: A whirring sound, as of the wings of birds in flight.

Usage: We heard a mighty skirr overhead when the pigeons left their roost, followed by a plop, followed by an expletive.

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Frutescent

Definition: Resembling or assuming the form of a shrub.

Usage: A few weeks without a haircut and my poodle looks positively frutescent.

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Muliebrity

Definition: The condition of being a woman; femininity.

Usage: Frank was banned from the sorority due to his remarkable lack of muliebrity.

Agrestic

Definition: Rural; rustic.

Usage: My grandfather had a very agrestic upbringing; his schoolteacher was a horse.

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Exuviate

Definition: To shed; cast off.

Usage: It becomes harder to exuviate a bad reputation after you’ve exuviated your pants in public.

Skedaddle

Definition: To leave a place suddenly.

Usage: “Portland is so over,” the hipster bemoaned. “Let’s skedaddle to Seattle.”

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest