DETROIT, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Detroit's Wayne State University said words chosen as "worth reviving" this year include "caterwaul," "knavery," "philistine" and "rapscallion."
The school said its seventh annual "Word Warriors" list, which compiles the "top 10 words worth reviving" from linguistic limbo, was chosen from submissions to Wayne State's Word Warriors website, which adds new entries to its list of neglected words each week.
The 10 words chosen to top the 2015 list were:
Caterwaul: A shrill howling or wailing noise. Concinnity: The skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something.
Knavery: A roguish or mischievous act.
Melange: A mixture of different things.
Obambulate: To walk about.
Opsimath: A person who begins to learn or study only late in life.
Philistine: A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.
Rapscallion: A mischievous person.
Subtopia: Monotonous urban sprawl of standardized buildings.
"The English language has more words in its lexicon than any other," said Jerry Herron, dean of WSU's Irvin D. Reid Honors College and a member of the website's editorial board. "By making use of the repertoire available to us, we expand our ability to communicate clearly and help make our world a more interesting place. Bringing these words back into everyday conversation is just another way of broadening our horizons."