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    #1

    Post Are these words obsolete?

    erstwhile
    drawback
    befoul
    earnest
    unforeseen
    forbidding
    hinder
    uncouth
    steadfast
    setback
    gladden
    hold sway
    right away
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    #2

    Re: Are these words obsolete?

    "Erstwhile" is not a word I have seen used. The others are OK, except maybe for "gladden."

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    #3

    Re: Are these words obsolete?

    They all seem fairly common to me, I agree with Gil about "befoul".

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    #4

    Re: Are these words obsolete?

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    I don't get what the OP is trying to express with "obsolete words". It depends on the context whether one can omit (or replace it with a less formal word) a certain words If the OP suggests that these words are obsolete in today's language I strongly disagree.
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    #5

    Re: Are these words obsolete?

    They're all used currently, so, regardless of frequency or context, I would say they're not obsolete.

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