I just finished reading Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and have run across several words that aren’t used that much, but have a ring to them. Here are a few:
Vouchsafe: v. to give (something) to someone as a promise or a privilege
Huswife: n. hussy
I guess now with so many working women, some of which would be hussies, this isn’t needed.
Yare: adj. swift
Forspoke: v. spoke against.
Shakespeare was a genius so he’d have a large vocabulary, but it seems that his audience would have known most of the words he used. Have our vocabularies shrunk? Yes, we use words like computer and telephone, but did they push out words the Bard and his contemporaries knew?