How can we Save The Words?

I just learned that the Oxford English Dictionary has abandoned their SaveTheWords.org project; no more do they champion those neglected words in danger of extinction, so that you could adopt them, and cherish them, and wear them on your t-shirt...

The English language is shrinking; which means that wonderful, essential words like these are cast into the merciless waters of the digital age. How can we salvage the likes of these beauties from the hazards of text messaging?

Pamphagous = eating up everything in sight
Gleimous = slimy, full of phlegm
Squiriferous = having the character or qualities of a gentleman
Pigritude = laziness
Canitude = greyness, hoariness; whiteness

Here is an archive, where you can hear the endangered words plead their own case:

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Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

Oh my gosh! This was so fun! I did not know a word can go extinct! I went to the link and found a few fun ones myself! :0)

1) Boreism: Behaviour of a boring person.

2) Theomeny: The fury of God.

Here is one we are hearing a lot of the last year/year and a half.....

3) Tortiloquy: Dishonest or immoral speech! LOL!

4) Nequient: Unable

5) Foppotee: A simple minded person

Here are two we Blurters should memorize........

6) Quaeritate: To ask

7) Rogitate: To ask regularly

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Oh and we REALLY have to save the word Foppotee...
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
Yes!!!! I was thinking the same thing. There was some real good ones on the list. I like the little noises the words make "pick me! Nooo Pick me"
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Well Y&Y, you and I have tried to do our part...we have publicized 'em as much as we can!
Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

I wouldn't say the language is shrinking so much as evolving. Our English is a living language, new terms replace old ones, other words just become obsolete.

Why say "pulchritude" when "beauty" sounds so much better. I don't recall the last time I heard of someone going to a "cotillion", or out on a "peregrination".

I think of how many synonyms and antonyms there are for just about every word we can name (or cite, mention, select, specify, designate, put a finger on, or adduce).

To me, a vocabulary is one of those things you can never have too much of --- along with joy, imagination or integrity

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Aw Zee...why have a website called Ask.com, when you could have "Rogitate.com"....? Or Quaeritate.com...

Anyway you have some very good points, and good morning!
Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

ikr, it's rly a shame + the list is proly gonna get smlr.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

I'm gonna take a different tack. Words that still exist but have very little relevance.

Like telegraphist:  We all know that was an old-time Morse operator but it's somebody who no longer exists.

What about comptometrist?  They were the girls who operated those whopping great accounting machines that died out in the 1960s.

And prophet.  Where are all the Daniels and Ezekiels these days? The guys who sit with their computers trying to prophecy the weather aren't a patch on them.

And the greatest loss of all: Aphrodite's priestesses. Where have all the sacred prostitutes gone? Goodness me, even the word is becoming tainted with disuse. They're sex workers now.

So lets not be too sad about dead words. Where are all the clamouring conservationists bewailing the loss of all those old occupations?

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Oh vacivity is truly lovely...and while I was trying to find it (because the Apple online dictionary does not have it), I came across gargalesthesia = the sensation commonly associated with tickling
Dozy I was actually looking for the pronunciation of vacivity, and cannot locate that yet...whether the c is pronounced s or k...
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I'd be inclined to give it a soft s, as in vacillate.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
'kay, ima go with that.
Aldrich Ames Profile
Aldrich Ames answered

I can't remember things for too long. I find it frustrating to learn new words so I'd be fine with some words dying out, honestly.

Water Nebula Profile
Water Nebula answered

Ima go use them in text messages now

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
You might have some problems with the abbreviations. :)
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
Toooo funny!!!!
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Yes...it's delightful Rex. Plus, before OED abandoned the project, that is what people would do! They would use the words in texting, use them in conversation, emblazon them on your t-shirt... truly an effort to save them!

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