Popular Slang Words That No One Uses Anymore

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31. Cutpurse
> When this word was first in use: 14th century

The meaning and derivation of cutpurse should be clear to most people, even if it is no longer used regularly. A cutpurse is a pickpocket, and the word was used since the 14th century, when people would carry their purses held by a strap or string.

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32. Intelligencer
> When this word was first in use: 16th century

The use of intelligencer to describe a person who gathers intelligence dates back to the 1580s. It also appeared as the name of a newspaper in the following century. While the former meaning is archaic, there are still Intelligencers being published in various parts of the United States and Canada.