12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms | Mental Floss

Wend, eke, fro, kith, and more—words that readers of old books recognize, and writers will want in their word wealth storehouses!

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever reason, we started pronouncing them differently, or stopped using them entirely, and they became obsolete. There are some old words, however, that are nearly obsolete, but we still recognize because they were lucky enough to get stuck in set phrases that have lasted across the centuries. Here are 12 lucky words that survived by getting fossilized in idioms. Read the rest at Mental Floss.

Forge Interior by Edward Robert Smythe, c 1899

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