Crapulous. Once popular words that no one uses anymore

Language is a funny old thing. We take it for granted most of the time, but it’s incredible to think that countless people have come to almost the same understanding of what some randomly ordered letters refer to. It’s even stranger when you start looking at things like slang words, or words that were once on the tip of every tongue that no one even remembers anymore. Some of these words need to be brought back. Others need to be forgotten…



There’s no reason crapulous should have fallen out of favor because it describes an unpleasant state we’ve all experienced, and one we’ve all lied to someone about. defines it as the feeling you have after you’ve gone a bit overboard indulging in either alcoholic drinks or just plain old food, and you know you’ve been there. You know precisely the feeling it describes, even if you never knew there was a word for it.

Trust the ancient Greeks and Romans to have us covered. The word dates back to around 1530, and has roots in ancient words meaning pretty much the same thing. If you wake up with a nauseous sort of headache and not a little bit of regret after a night of drunken debauchery, feel free to call in with a scary-sounding diagnosis of crapulence. Technically, you can even say it’s contagious.

by Debra Kelly

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