How about this for a totally charming linguistic remnant, courtesy of Jake Thackray, my favourite late, Yorkshire-based chansonnier:
Yan, Chan, Tether, Mether, Pip,Azar, Sazar, Akka, Cotta, Dik,Yanadik, Channadik, Thetheradik, Metheradik, Bumfit,Yanabum, Chanabum, Thetherabum, Metherabum, Jiggit.
A bit of research reveals that this is a base 5 counting system used by shepherds in Swaledale, Yorkshire. Beautiful the way this arose from tools readily available to the shepherd: his hand and some stones... somehow it appears to be based on Celtic. Or maybe Cumbric.
I wonder how badly our increasingly standardised "here and now" of a world will cheat us out of all this beautiful, useless idiosyncracy. The linguistic tendency to invent will always be there, but the more our references become similar and shallow, the less likely it is that our idiomatic range will be so large.
What a shame for most people, whose self-expression will be limited and dull. What a great opportunity for those of us whose interest in history and/or language guarantees a mind richly fertilised with this kind of nourishing mulch.
The best we can hope for from kids nowadays is something based on LOLspeak.