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How far back in time could you go and still understand English?

batty fang = a beating

kickerapoo = dead

land pirates = highway robbers

gutfoundered = very hungry

whapper = a big lie

nitsqueeger = a hairdresser

xantippe = an ill tempered wife

abbess = a nun

thornback = a spinster

barber-monger = a vain man

bleater = someone who complains a lot

brabble = to quarrel loudly

crapulous = the feeling of being too full

hugger-mugger = secretly

lettice-cap = a medical device like a hair net

pigarlik = a bald head

petty fogger = a dodgy lawyer

mumpsimus = the act of sticking to old mistaken beliefs about language and customs simply out of habit

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…walked into a bar

A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.

A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.

Two quotation marks walk into a “bar.”

A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.

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