These Charts Show What Hipsters Are Doing To Everyday Language

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Bloody hipsters – they’ve only gone and dragged a load of archaic words back into circulation.

According to JSTOR Daily, a blog that contains a database of academic journals, words like bespoke, peruse, smitten and dapper are making a comeback, The Independent reports.

This data comes from Google’s Ngram viewer, and it shows the usage of these words in printed media from 1800 to 2012.

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As well as the aforementioned words, proper old school bangers like perchance, mayhaps and parlor are back on the agenda.

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And as well as these, amongst, amidst, whilst and unbeknownst are making a comeback, which are the archaic forms of among, amid, while and unknown. Obvs.

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Even totes rad Shakespearean terms like thou, thee, ere and hath are frequenting our written media. Gadzooks!

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It’s not totally clear why this trend is occurring, but one theory is that, because where youth trends in the past have sourced inspiration from a particular era, hipsters comb a broad range of historical periods – in what is sometimes called ‘nostalgia mining’.

If you’re worried you might be turning into a hipster, please refer to this handy guide, before seeking urgent medical assistance.