Grammar - Lost words
A cartoon character of a roman aristocrat stands bewildered with his
sandal undone and the leather thong that would have wound around his leg is
tangled around his ankle. He calls; Could somebody come and tie my latchet?
The list of rare words in the previous animation was gathered from a
random glance through a dictionary published only in 1962 and it only
represents half the alphabet. The only words chosen in that list were
naming words (nouns) and words of action (verbs). Some words like "latchet"
have disappeared because we do not wear leather sandals with straps up our
legs any more. They went out with the Romans! Other words though, like
"mottle" or "haver" are words that we have stopped using through laziness.
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