These 10 regional words may go extinct. You probably won’t recognize a single one

If you’re feeling like a footy emmet these days, know that sonsy Julebukk season will soon be here and you can celebrate with an olykoek.


The vocabulary that gave you pause includes endangered words that were once popular in various regions around the United States, but are now barely used. We bet you six escalins that you won’t recognize a single one.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Dictionary of American Regional English put together a roster of 10 words with foreign-language origins, commissioned by the language-learning app Babbel.

Here’s the endangered-word list:


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