Agroof, adverb meaning flat on one’s face.
I was looking for a word that would relate to the snow storm we had on the East Coast last night, when I came across this little gem. Technically speaking, it’s an obsolete word dating back to the early 1600s. I also found a glossary reference in Winter Evening Tales, a book published in 1820. But you know where else I found it? Urban Dictionary. Right? So here’s a case of a fairly obsolete word that’s mostly listed no where at all resurfacing in popular culture. How does that happen? There are a few wordies out there who’ve referenced agroof in their blogs or digital lists (calling it both an adjective and a noun, but in my mind, it’s clearly an adverb), so I suppose the internet allows for the rebirth of antiquated vocabulary. But how did it end up on Urban Dictionary when I can’t even find an etymological source? Probably because it’s a great word that’s precise and captures the slapstick of, well, falling flat on your face.
So, long story short: be careful on the streets today – you wouldn’t want to embarass yourself by falling agroof in front of everyone.