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Save the Words

The Oxford English Dictionary has created a rather delightful new site in an effort to get people to expand their vocabulary and keep more obscure words alive in the language.

Regard the following post, therefore, as something of a public service.

I actually have a traboccant love for language, although I realize that these days it is hardly plebicolar. I'd like to adimpleate this post with wonderful words to help prevent the English language from viliorating. My blog readers are not foppotees, and I would love to pepper the blaterations of Twitter with words like this, but I think if I were to try to use some of them in class, my students might start to consider magistricide.

Note to the designers of that site: the little voices can become incredibly annoying (make the turn-off option more visible), and it would be nice to have a stable URL for the individual words and definitions.

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mamculuna
Nov. 14th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
I was sorry to see that so few of the words were of Germanic (Old English) origin--most seem to be Latin, even if via French, etc. I was tempted to adopt "scathefire" (all-consuming fire), but won't have too much opportunity to use it on a regular basis. Maybe the Old English words just don't wear out so fast.

I already have "ten-cent store" in my vocabulary--I'm that old (my grandmother said it for "dime store," another one that's probably unknown to later generations).
intertext
Nov. 14th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I wanted to adopt the one that means using sand as ballast in a sailboat although, not being Patrick O'Brien, couldn't imagine much opportunity to use it. Then I couldn't find it again. I love "scathefire" - sounds like something Tolkien would have written. Maybe he did.
sartorias
Nov. 14th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Blateroon is one of my faves!
labellementeuse
Nov. 14th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Those are fantastic. I think "magistricide" is going to go in with "defenestrate" in my list of fave weird words to do with killing.
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