Expired Words

          In our complex language there are many words that are, shall we say, past their prime. Occasionally someone will slip one of these words into a conversation in an effort to appear impressive, only to be met with “the look.”

          You know that look. You get it on your face when you smell a container of milk and can’t decide if it is bad, okay, or just on the verge of souring.

          This page exists to minimize the embarrassment, confusion, and encounters with “the look” so strongly associated with out of date vocabulary. Please browse through the refrigerator of our verbal heritage and decide for yourself if any of it is salvageable or just a collection of EXPIRED WORDS.



You almost expect to find this word engraved in ancient stonework with moss growing in the cracks.

In 1870, a poet with an Italian last name (and impressive first and middle names as well) was translating a French refrain into English. He grafted together the English words yesterday and year (big surprise) and voila! The word yesteryear was born.

Definition: basically it means “last year,” or in recent past years.


Sentence: If I had not consumed the canned meat product with the expiration date from yesteryear, I would not have this agonizing stomach ache currently.








This word is just fun to say. Try it. Just try to say it without smiling, (or at least try to say it without sounding like a toad). I don’t think it’s possible, and speaking of smiling . . .


Definition: This adjective means “Full of keen anticipation or excitement; eager”


It’s about seven centuries old and originated from French.


Sentence: I was agog as I saw my French frog jump up to the log that was the finish line for the race.








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