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December 03, 2010
They're lonely. Dying of neglect. Some are difficult to understand. But all of them once led meaningful lives.
They're the lost words.
Dropped from dictionaries all over the world to make room for new words, like "staycation," "zombie bankers," (I agree with that) and "unfriend" in case you want to drop a friend from Facebook.
And who had to pay the price, you ask?
Words like "lubency" and" inobligality" or one of my favorites — "oncenthmus," the cry of a donkey.
As in the "oncenthmus" is keeping me up at night.
(You just have to live near a donkey to use the word at least once a day to keep it alive.)
But that's the point.
If you're with me so far, go right to www.savethewords.org.
Apart from being an utterly delightful site, launched by Oxford University Press, its aim is to prevent these lesser-known English words from becoming extinct.
Here’s how you can help.
Click one of the words.
You'll find that these lost words have been given a voice. Literally.
If you have a heart, their plaintive pleas — "pick me," "me" "me me" and "over here" will reach you.
Adopt as many as you like.
Then take a pledge to use that word more often in your daily conversations or written communication.
You'll also get a nice little certificate, which will give you the meaning of the word, and how to use it in a sentence.
This will directly increase the chance of that word’s survival because when lexicographers see discarded words used in conversations, they may re-include them in the dictionary.
Wheatgrass, for instance, is one such word that was reinstated after going missing for years.
And what would we do without wheatgrass?
Although more people speak Mandarin Chinese than other languages, English is used in more countries than any other language in the world.
Of the 700,000 words in the English language, Shakespeare used about 34,000 of them. The King James Bible used 8000 of them.
To show you how bereft the English language has become, only 20,000 words are in common use today. According to the Oxford Press, 90 percent of everything we write is communicated by only 7,000 words.
And we're losing more words than we're gaining.
I have adopted "sturionic," pertaining to all things sturgeon, and it is my obligation to use it in a sentence.
"I'm doing research on all things sturionic, pertaining to the shortnose sturgeon, which can be distinguished from the Atlantic sturgeon, by the relative width of their mouths."
True, you do have a danger of losing the person you're addressing.
You don't like that word?
Well, adopt your own.
I'm counting on you to share them in here.
They're counting on you too.
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Which lost word would you rescue?