Thursday, November 18, 2010

Save the Words!

Words everywhere are dying off, and you can help save them. Just a little bit of effort every day, can make a difference. The most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use. Of these words, 90% of our communication only uses 7,000 words. Every year hundreds of words fall into obsoleteness and the world feels a vacivity and the shift to lol and ttyl can never fill that void.

The OED is campaigning to Save the Words. Though I’m not the pregnatress of this movement, I want to help put it in motion. Go to and use the interactive page to choose and adopt your own word to help save our world from kexy language.

I have started by adopting my own word. I am the proud mother of locupletative and it is now in my care. OED sent me the official adoption certificate and I set right away to making it feel at home with the rest of my vernacular. But, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, so I hope you will all open your hearts to locupletative as well.

Go ahead, save our language! Adopt a word! Let me know what words you have adopted in the comments so that I can welcome your new vocabulary additions.

I hope you found this post locupletative.

1 comment:

Neesha said...

LOVE IT! I adopted icasm, figuratively speaking...