Horologicon - Alternate Words for Everyday Occurences

  1. Uhtceare
    • Lying awake before dawn and worrying
    • Pronounced "oot key-are-a"
    • Old English
  2. Antelucan
    • Before dawn
    • Latin
  3. Decubitus
    Posture in bed
  4. Hypnopompic
    • Half-conscious dream
    • Greek (Hypno=sleep, pompic=sending)
  5. Oneirocritical
    Of or pertaining to the interpretation of dreams
  6. Day-raw
    First streak of red in the dawn sky
  7. High dawn
    When the sun rises obscured by clouds then appears higher up in the sky
  8. Low dawn
    When the sun rises over the horizon
  9. Dayening
  10. Greking
  11. Lightmans
    • Dawn
    • 18th Century (Highwaymen)
  12. Day-peep
    • Dawn
    • 18th Century (farmers)
  13. Early bright
    • Dawn
    • 1940s (New York slang)
  14. Expergefactor
    Anything that wakes you up
  15. Snollygoster
    • A shrewd, unprincipled person, esp. a politician (OED)
    • '...a fellow who wants office, regardless of party, platform or principles, and who, whenever he wins, gets there by the sheer force of monumental talknophical assumnacy.' (American Journalist, 1890s)
  16. Throttlebottom
    A dishonest person who holds public office
  17. Aubade
    A song sung at dawn by your lover beneath your bedroom window
  18. Lollygagging
    Time-wasting, avoiding tasks or chores
  19. Knocker-up
    Fellow who would wander around the village tapping on people's bedroom windows to wake them up
  20. Weaver's larum
    A heavy object attached by a taught string to a wall and attached by a loose string to your finger, both fed through the same hook. The taught string should then have a candle placed under it, when the candle burns through the rope the tugging on your finger will wake you up.
  21. Reveille
    The drum roll or bugle-blast to wake an entire barrack of soldiers.
  22. Matutinal
    Someone who is breezy and bright in the morning
  23. Zwodder
    • A drowsy and stupid state of body or mind 
    • (Observations on some of the Dialects in the West of England, particularly Somersetshire, 1825)
  24. Philogrobolized
    Addled, stupefied
  25. Ale-passion
    A hangover (1593)
  26. Xerostomia
    • Dryness in the mouth due to lack of saliva 
    • (medical terminology)
  27. Obdormition
    • When a limb has 'fallen asleep' 
    • (medical terminology)
  28. Prinkling
    The sensation you get when blood returns to an area of the body
  29. Lippitude
    Bleary-eyed, soreness of the eyes
  30. Lucifugous
  31. Pissuprest
    'Pissupret in a horse, is when a horse would faine stale, but cannot' (1610 horse-keeper's manual)
  32. Micturition
    An intense desire to urinate
  33. Cunctation
    Procrastination, putting off the inevitable
  34. Grufeling
    • To lie close, wrapped up, and in a comfortable-looking manner; used in ridicule (Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1825).
    • Verb
  35. Dysania
    • Extreme difficulty waking up and getting out of bed 
    • (medical terminology)
  36. Clinomania
    • Obsessive desire to lie down 
    • (medical terminology)
  37. Oscitancy
    • Yawning, or unusual sleepiness
    • 1610
  38. Pandiculation
    Stretching of the arms and body upon waking
  39. Levee
    A formal occasion where your inferiors come to your bedside and congratulate you on your superiority.
  40. Ruelle
    The space between your bed and the wall
  41. Egrote
    To feign sickness in order to avoid work
  42. Whindle
    • Feigned groaning
    • 1699
    • Verb
  43. Sickrel
    One who is sick, unwell, sickly
  44. Floccilating
    Feverishly plucking at the bedclothes
  45. Jactating
    Tossing around feverishly
  46. Hum durgeon
    • An imaginary illness
    • 18th Century slang
  47. Pantofles
  48. Staddle
    The depression left in your bed after you have risen.
  49. Tooting-glass
    • Mirror
    • Elizabethan
  50. Rum-peeper
    • Mirror
    • 18th Century (highwayman)
  51. Considering glass
  52. Gowpen
  53. Pimginnit
    • A large, red, angry pimple
    • 17th Century
  54. Grog-blossoms
    Spots that appear the morning after heavy drinking
  55. Furuncles
    Spots, pimples
  56. Erumpent
  57. Papuliferous
  58. Petechial
    Pestilentially spotted
  59. Elf-locks
    • Tangled up hair
    • (It was believed that elves snuck into bedrooms at night and messed up your hair)
  60. Wrines
    Large wrinkles
  61. Frumples
  62. Frounces
  63. Lirks
  64. Culf
    Bed fluff that has become lodged in your navel
  65. Ferret-eyes
    Red, bleary eyes
  66. Ozostomia
    • Bad breath 
    • (medical terminology)
  67. Bromodrosis
    • Bad breath
    • (medical terminology)
  68. Jumentous
    Smelling like horse piss
  69. Idiorepulsive
    Disgusting one's self
  70. Through cough
    • A cough and a fart that occur at the same time
    • 19th Century
  71. To cover one's feet
    • To go to the toilet
    • Hebrew
  72. Mrs Jones
    • Toilet
    • Victorian
  73. My aunt
    • Toilet
    • Victorian
  74. The coffee shop
    • Toilet
    • Victorian
  75. a chamber foreign
    • Toilet
    • 13th Century
  76. a voyage to the Spice Islands
    • Going to the toilet
    • 18th Century
  77. House of Office
  78. Go to seige
    • Going to the toilet
    • Medieval
  79. Scraping castle
    • Toilet
    • Victorian
  80. do their filth-hood
    • Going to the toilet
    • 13th Century
  81. Gong-hole
  82. Squitter
    To void excrement with a noise
  83. Purgation
    To void excrement
  84. Exoneration
    To void excrement
  85. Dejection
    To void excrement
  86. Tantadlin tart
  87. Torcheculs
    Toilet paper
  88. Arsewips
    Toilet paper
  89. Bumfodders
    Toilet paper
  90. Tail-napkins
    Toilet paper
  91. Bunghole cleansers
    Toilet paper
  92. Wipe-breeches
    Toilet paper
  93. Fartleberries
    Pieces of dried faeces sticking to pubic hair
  94. Make like a fish
    • To take a shower
    • 1950s American slang
  95. Duffife
    • To lay a bottle on its side for some time, that it may be completely drained of the few drops remaining.
    • Aberdeenshire
    • Verb
  96. Making the bottle confess
    To duffife
  97. Shower curtain effect
    When the shower curtain is sucked towards you when the shower starts
  98. Curglaff
    • The feeling you get when you are hit with cold water
    • Scottish
  99. Buddle
    Scrub in water
  100. Illutible
  101. Oxter
  102. Popliteal
    Behind the knees
  103. Dew-beaters/beetle-crushers
  104. Inguinal
    Groin, relating to the groin
  105. Quobbled
    Wrinkly skin, especially on your fingers, after long exposure to water
  106. the Scots Greys are in full march
    Lice are crawling all over your head
  107. Scotch louse trap
    Lice comb
  108. Welsh diamond
  109. Welsh carpet
    Pattern painted on the floor
  110. Welsh comb
    Your fingers
  111. lissotrichous
    • Smooth-haired
    • Greek
  112. cymotrichous
    • Wavy-haired
    • Greek
  113. Trichotillomania
    Manic desire to pull out all your hair
  114. Heart-breakers
    Curls of a woman's hair
  115. Bow-catchers
    • Curls of a woman's hair
    • Victorian
  116. Bell-ropes
    • Curls on a man's hair
    • Victorian
  117. Shavery
    Subjection to the necessity of being shaved (OED)
  118. pogonology
    The study of beards
  119. pogonate
    To have a beard
  120. pogoniasis
    A beard on a female
  121. pogonotomy
  122. pogonion
    Tip of the chin
  123. philtrum
    • The groove between your nose and upper lip 
    • (medical terminology)
  124. Newgate fringe
    • A neckbeard
    • Victorian
    • Newgate was a London prison where people were hanged
  125. oze
    A stench in the mouth
  126. Nurdle
    The small amount of toothpaste you apply to your toothbrush
  127. Xanthodonic
    Having discoloured teeth
  128. Squiggle
    • Shake and wash a fluid about in the mouth, with the lips closed
    • old Norfolk dialect
  129. Gleek
    Squirt liquid from your mouth
  130. Cocinnate
  131. Textile
    • Someone who wears clothes
    • Nudist slang
  132. Dandizette
    • A female dandy
    • 19th Century
  133. Sky-clad
    • Naked
    • Witch
  134. Abbreviations
    • Underwear
    • Victorian
  135. Apple-catchers
    • Large, roomy knickers
    • Herefordshire slang
  136. Gay deceivers
    • Padded bras
    • 1940s
    • Please note; here 'gay' is used as in its original meaning 'happy'
  137. Sir Posthumus Hobby
    • One who draws his Breeches with a Shoeing-horn, also a Fellow that is Nice and Whimsical in the set of his Cloaths
    • (A New Dictionary of the Terms Ancient and Modern of the Canting Crew, 1699)
  138. grinnow
    • A stain that has not come out in the wash that has only just been noticed
    • Shropshire, 1879
  139. Tatterdemalion
    • One whose clothes are tattered and torn
    • Pronounced 'tat-ter-de-may-lee-on'
  140. Tatter-wallop
    One whose clothes are tattered and torn
  141. Ragabash
    One whose clothes are tattered and torn
  142. Flabergudgion
    One whose clothes are tattered and torn
  143. snogly geared
    • Well dressed
    • 18th Century
  144. dressed to death
    • Well dressed
    • 19th Century
  145. togged to the bricks
    • Well dressed
    • 20th Century, Harlem
  146. ceruse
    skin whitener
  147. collyrium
    eye cleanser
  148. calliblephary
  149. fucation
    applying makeup and colours to the face
  150. pucker paint
    • lipstick
    • 1940s
  151. preparing bait
    • To apply makeup
    • 1940s
  152. ante-jentacular
    Before breakfast
  153. ariston
    • Breakfast
    • Greek
  154. aristology
    the study of breakfasts
  155. aristologist
    someone who studies breakfast
  156. ben joltram
    brown bread soaked in skimmed milk
  157. butter shag
    a slice of bread and butter
  158. opsony
    • any food eaten with bread (OED)
    • pl:opsonia
  159. jenticulate
    • to eat breakfast
  160. chota hazri
    • brief breakfast
    • India, British Empire (1866)
  161. cackling farts
    • an egg
    • 18th Century
  162. vitelline
    of or pertaining to egg yolk
  163. ruff peck
    • rasher of bacon
    • 17th Century
  164. brizzled
    scorched near to burning
  165. yarrum
    • milk
    • thieves' slang
  166. whet
    • early morning glass of white wine
    • 18th Century
  167. conny wabble
    • eggs and brandy beat up together
    • 18th Century
  168. Spitalfields breakfast
    • 'at the East end of London this is understood as consisting of a tight necktie and a short pipe' (dressing hurriedly and valuing tobacco over food)
    • Victorian
  169. dance upon nothing with a hempen cravat
    • to be hanged
    • 17th/18th Century
  170. caper in the wind
    • to be hanged
    • 17th/18th century
  171. have a hearty choke and caper sauce for breakfast
    • to be hanged
    • 17th/18th Century
  172. vegetable breakfast
    • have a hearty choke and caper sauce for breakfast (to be hanged)
    • the Newgate Garland, 1841
  173. analecta
    Greek slave that gathered up breadcrumbs after a meal
  174. conge
    • formal preparation to depart
    • pronounced: 'kon-jee'
  175. oxter lift
    • as much as you can carry between your arm and your side
    • old Scottish
  176. Abyssinia
    • I'll be seeing you
    • Hepcat slang
  177. cellivagous
  178. pogonip
    • a fog so cold it freezes into ice crystals in mid-air (this only occurs at <-40oC)
    • Shoshone Indians
  179. swale
    windy, cold, bleak

    (A Collection of English Word, not generally used, 1674)
  180. thwankin
    • used of clouds, mingling in thick and gloomy succession
    • Scottish
  181. bumbershoot
    • umbrella
    • 1890s, America
  182. Golgotha
    • hat
    • Victorian
  183. hurple
    • to shrug up the neck and creep along the streets with a shivering sensation of cold, as an ill-clad person may do on a winter's morning
    • Leeds dialect, 1862
  184. sweltering
    Hot weather
  185. swoly
    Hot weather
  186. swolten
    Hot weather
  187. swole-hot
    Hot weather
  188. swullocking
    Hot weather
  189. swallocky
    Hot weather with a thunderstorm on the way
  190. cobweb morning
    • Dewy morning
    • Old Norfolk
  191. dewbediamoned
  192. drosometer
    A device used to measure dew
  193. beau trap
    • a loose stone in a pavement, under which water lodges and upon being trod on, squirts it up, to the great damage of white stockings; also a sharper neatly dressed, lying in wait for raw country squires, or ignorant fops.
    • (Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1811)
  194. dog's soup
    dirty rainwater
  195. chorking
    • the noise made when you walk in shoes filled with water
    • Scottish
  196. scatches
    • stilts to put the feet in to walk in dirty places
    • 1721
  197. daggled
    a skirt muddied at the hemline
  198. backsters
    planks of wood laid over soft mud to walk over
  199. grubbling
    disorganised groping
  200. incede
    advance majestically
Card Set
Horologicon - Alternate Words for Everyday Occurences
This set of flash cards takes all the words from the Horologicon by Mark Forsyth. These are English words that have fallen out of common usage due to having a specific meaning, or simply have been replaced with more convenient words. If you want to sound like a Victorian, a Hip Cat or just a plain loon, then these are the words to insert into your everyday conversations and exclamations. Especially good for insulting people without them realising.