Spiflicated, mopsy, and spondulicks: historical synonyms for everyday things
In Words in Time and Place, David Crystal explores fifteen fascinating sets of synonyms, using the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary.
We’ve turned selections from six sections of Words in Time and Place into word clouds, arranged in a shape related to the topic in question. Take a look at the images below to see historical synonyms for a range of everyday things: terms of endearment, being drunk, dying, fools, money, and the lavatory.
Read more about the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary or explore further details about Words in Time and Place.