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Uncovered: Secret Vault of Words Rejected by Oxford English Dictionary (Telegraph) Archives

Fumbyour large toe

Oninateto overwhelm with post-dining breath

Wurfingthe act of surfing the Web at work

Xenolexia a grave confusion when faced with unusual words

Millions of words rejected by the Oxford English Dictionary lie in a vault owned by the Oxford University Press. Though deemed “unsuitable,” these words – written on index cards and stored in filing cabinets – remain close at hand as they could be used in future editions.