Popular Slang Words That No One Uses Anymore

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21. Floppy Disk
> When this word was first in use: 20th century

Floppy disks were widely used for data storage from the mid-1970s up to the beginning of the 21st century. We no longer use them for anything and so we no longer use the term.

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22. Handmaid
> When this word was first in use: 14th century

Handmaid, meaning a female servant, dates back to the 1300s. Now, very few people have servants, and nobody has handmaids. However, the term reentered popular culture because of the success of Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” and its television series adaptation.

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23. Forsooth
> When this word was first in use: pre-12th century

Forsooth, meaning indeed, has Old English roots and was used before the 12th century. While it is archaic, it is still sometimes used ironically.

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24. Rapscallion
> When this word was first in use: 17th century

Rapscallion, a mischievous person, derives from the word rascal and was in use from the 17th century. It began as rascallion and somebody added the “p” to make the meaning even worse.

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25. Bibliopole
> When this word was first in use: 16th century

The first use of bibliopole for a dealer in books was in the 16th century. It has Greek roots and combines the words for book and sell. We no longer have bibliopoles, but we certainly have bibliophiles.