Languages are always changing and evolving. While at the core they stay the same, there are definitely some words your grandparents used as young upstarts that might sound a little funny and dated to modern ears. English especially has been spoken in so many countries and gone through so many changes over the centuries that it's chock-full of funny old slang that most of the people of today definitely do not regularly use. No one has said they were going to the hoosegow in probably a hundred years, but maybe it's time we did.
It can be a lot to grasp, but it's so much fun to see what wacky expressions people cooked up in centuries past. Language changes so much over time, but it might just be time to bring a few of these fun phrases and expressions back in style. On the flip side, some modern words are older than you might even think. The word grifter, for example, has been around since the 1910s. That's over 100 years of mileage!
If you are an English language lover who knows some of its wacky old words inside and out, then put your knowledge to the test with this old-fangled HowStuffWorks quiz!
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