How to replace obsolete English words


Language is a living organism. It develops together with its carrier - man. The fashion for words and expressions is not as fast-paced as, for example, gadgets or clothes. Nevertheless, once every few years it would be nice to revise the vocabulary - most likely, it will contain old, outdated, or completely forgotten and ancient words that will betray you as an inexperienced user. Why not do it now?

The question "How are you?" - How are you? How do you do?

Agree, today there are a lot of alternatives to these expressions, which give off Sherlock Holmes and the cinema of the 70s. Here are some of the alternative modern replacements for this deprecated expression:

  • What's up?
  • How are you doing?
  • How is it going?
  • How is it coming on?

The old word for "student" is pupil

We recommend forgetting this word without any remorse and nostalgia. “Student” is already becoming obsolete in Russian, being replaced by such synonyms as “student”, “student”. Alternatives in English:

  • student (a student of both a university and a school)
  • learner (any student, including independent)
  • trainee (mastering a new profession, trainee, trainee)

Auxiliary verb shall

I shall / We shall to indicate the future tense has been out of date for more than 20 years. Well, it is - just as a reminder.
Shall today is a full-fledged modal verb that is useful when inviting / suggesting to do something together:
Shall we dance? = Let's dance, shall we? - Let's Dance?

Expressions of regret

Everyone from school or university has heard “What a pity!” - "What a pity!". Let's admit that in Russian today we use this expression only with a sense of deep sarcasm. You can replace it with more modern

  • That sucks / stinks
  • Crap
  • More civilized - "I'm sorry" - "I'm sorry"

Forgotten word Telephone

Due to the fact that landlines are fading into oblivion, a short phone or cell / mobile (mobile phone) can serve as an adequate replacement.

Obsolete Rather

Who would have thought, but even rather no longer shines with relevance. Consider changing this word to

  • slightly
  • somewhat
  • kind of / kinda
  • sort of
  • fairly