If there’s one question that comes up more often than any other over on the HaggardHawks Twitter feed, it’s whether or not the words we tweet are genuine. The short answer is yes. They might be old, they might be local, they might be archaic, they might long have fallen out of use, but they’re all completely genuine dictionary words. Seriously, hunting out bizarre words is a lot more fun than making them up.
That can be a difficult truth to swallow, of course, especially given the existence of words like this one:
DRYBALLING was an old English prank in which a sleeping drunkard was woken up by being punched on the backside.— HaggardHawks Words (@HaggardHawks) 9 October 2014
But it’s not less true. So in this week’s 500 Words video, we’re proving that when the English language gets strange, it gets really strange with this list we’re calling 10 Words You Won’t Believe Exist.
And they’re all completely genuine...