Are you thinking of mixing up your slang? Try out these throwback words.


To “fudgel” means pretending to work without actually accomplishing anything.

“Gilbert spent Friday afternoon fudgeling at his desk, while counting down the hours until the weekend.”


Often used in ridicule, to be “grufeling” is to wrap yourself up and lie down comfortably.

“Want to Netflix and grufel tonight?”


“Callipygian” is an antiquated, and maybe more polite, way of saying someone *has a nice butt.

“That callipygian woman seems to have inspired a sudden interest in fitness and wellbeing.”


A “lanspresado” is someone who conveniently shows up without any money.

“There’s no excuse for lanspresados, now that everyone has a credit card.”


The word might not sound like fun, but “pannychis” is defined as an all-night feast or ceremony.

“What a wild pannychis last night! Let’s do it again next weekend!”


“Philogrobilized” is how people used to describe a hangover without admitting to having been drinking.

“I’m not hungover. I’m just *philogrobilized.”


“Expergefactor” is a complicated, catch-all term to describe anything that wakes you up.

“Sorry I’m late, my expergefactor didn’t go off this morning.”


“Frobly-mobly” means exactly how it sounds: so-so, feeling neither well nor unwell.

“At best, Dave was feeling frobly-mobly that morning. Then, he had a coffee.”


“Twattling” is another word for idle gossip.

“Their texts showed a record of twattling that went back several weeks.”


“Kakistocracy” is a forgotten word that describes an unqualified and incompetent government.

“Our reliable system of checks and balances will prevent a kakistocracy.”