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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