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With the FIFA World Cup going on here, I recently heard a tourist use the word "nincompoop" in the sentence "A bunch of nincompoops!". Then I realized I hadn't heard that word for a long, long time. To be more precise, since the 70's. Is it still in use ? Where ?

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In polite society? –  bye Jun 29 at 1:54
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On the rise since '95! –  Brian Donovan Jun 29 at 1:59
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I fail to see the problem. It's a good word to use around children when you perhaps would like to use something less savory. Besides that, I like the way it sounds. It's an odd word and saying odd words can be fun. –  crownedjitter Jun 29 at 2:03
    
Five times in 1 billion words... according to @BrianDonovan 's link. –  user463240 Jun 29 at 2:06
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It's only obsolete if nobody uses it- I use it whenever it's called for. ;-) –  Jim Jun 29 at 3:12

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On the decline since the 1940s, but not yet gone. Here is an ngram that llustrates.

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I note that @Brian Donovan has the same link, offered long before mine. –  bib Jun 29 at 2:28

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