Revive the Jollux!

It’s often been said that the richness and depth of the English language is being lost, through lack of education, falling literacy rates, and advertising which caters to the lowest common denominator. To counter this trend, I found some suggestions of twenty great English words we shouldn’t forget in this article:

20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback | Matador Network.

I have to single out Jollux as my favorite – we really need this word back in our lexicon. For once, a non-derogatory word for someone large and lively!

Noun – Slang phrase used in the late 18th century to describe a “fat person” – Although I’m not sure whether this word was used crudely or in more of a lighthearted manner, to me it sounds like a nicer way to refer to someone who is overweight. “Fat” has such a negative connotation in English.

I’m also a fan of Kench, which seems to me a good description perhaps of those inadvertent snorty noise people sometimes make. As in ‘Did you kench?’

Verb intr. – “To laugh loudly” – This Middle English word sounds like it would do well in describing one of those times when you inadvertently laugh out loud while reading a text message in class and manage to thoroughly embarrass yourself.

And finally: Jargogle. Just pronouncing this one is quite enough to jargogle you.

Verb trans. – “To confuse, jumble” – First of all this word is just fun to say in its various forms. John Locke used the word in a 1692 publication, writing “I fear, that the jumbling of those good and plausible Words in your Head..might a little jargogle your Thoughts…”

So get out there, all you jolluxes, and jargogle people until they kench! 🙂

Dawn French - a wonderful jollux


9 thoughts on “Revive the Jollux!

    • Hey, you can’t rely on spell check alone. I very nearly attended a big corporate presentation where the checker hadn’t picked up that it was apparently about ‘Pubic Open Space’ :0
      Thankfully we corrected it just in time to ‘PUBLIC Open space’. Enough to make you kench!

  1. I’ll admit I never heard of any of them but I also love jargogle! It’s funny to think that if we went around using these obscure words it would almost be like speaking a different language.

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