Watt was quoted as saying “We’ve identified lost words that are both interesting and thought-provoking, in the hope of helping people re-engage with language of old”.
My favourites were:
- percher – a person who aspires to a higher rank or status; an ambitious or self-assertive person
- slug-a-bed – one who lies long in bed through laziness
- sillytonian – a silly or gullible person, one considered as belonging to a notional sect of such people.
According to the BBC, researchers grouped the words into three categories: post-truth (deception); appearance, personality and behaviour; and emotions. You can find the full list on the Sky News website.
It seems that linguists and an interest in words can hit the headlines after all! 😉