Traditional words dying out because of text-speak

275x250.jpgA string of traditionally British words such as 'cripes' and 'balderdash' are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms, it's been found.
 

Experts found a significant decrease in the use of words which our parents and grandparents would have uttered on an almost daily basis.
 
73% of people agree language has changed in recent years, with the character limit on Twitter and when sending text-messages believed to be behind the trend.

Other words which have fallen by the wayside amid the LOL generation are 'rambunctious', 'verily', 'salutations' and 'betwixt'.
 
While a quarter of Brits say they now use text speak like 'lol' only 10% have said 'fiddlesticks' and 25% of people have never said 'oopsy-daisy'.
TOP TWENTY UNUSED WORDS
1. Bally: A British word from 1885 which is a euphemism for bloody
2. Laggard: An 18th Century word to describe someone who lags behind or responds slowly
3. Felicitations: From the noun of action felicitate, you would use this word to express congratulations
4. Rambunctious: Boisterous or unruly, the word is believed to have originated in 1830
5. Verily: From Middle English, simply means true or in truth
6. Salutations: A welcome greeting
7. Betwixt: Originated before 950, and means neither the one nor the other
8. Lauded: From the Latin laudāre, to praise
9. Arcane: Known or understood by very few
10. Raconteur: A person skilled in telling stories,originated in the 19th Century, from the French verb, raconter, to tell
11. Cad: An ill-bred man, originates from 19 Century, derived from the word Caddie
12. Betrothed: The person to whom one is engaged
13. Cripes: Twentieth Century slang for an expression of surprise, euphemistic for 'Christ!'
14. Malaise: A vague or unfocused feeling of mental uneasiness
15. Quash: To put down or suppress completely; quell
16. Swell: Originates before 900 from the Middle English verb swellen, meanings include the verb to inflate and an adjective which describes if something is excellent
17. Balderdash: From the 1590s it was originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, beer and wine, etc.), before being transferred in 1670s to 'senseless jumble of words'
18. Smite: To strike, deal a blow
19. Spiffing: From the word spiff, meaning well-dressed, means superb
20. Tomfoolery: Foolish behavior
 
The worrying trend was revealed in a study carried out among 2,000 adults to mark the launch of "Planet Word", a book by J. P Davison which tells the story of language from the earliest grunts to Twitter and beyond.

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