Reading letters written by my grand-uncle to his wife, Maurgerite, I observe the usage of words and phrases rarely found today. He was a writer for a newspaper back in the day and had written a number of poems and essays. I wondered about those words and researched words hardly used today. There are lists of endangered words. Apparently the dictionary must reflect how we speak today and unused words will actually be removed to make room for new ones such as “staycation”, “frenemy”, “shawarma”, and many more. I’ve never liked the word staycation, but apparently it is spoken enough that the lexicographers determine it a word for Websters.
Here are a list of words the Collins English Dictionary wants to discard to make room for up to 2,000 new entries.
Apodeictic: Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Compossible: Possible in coexistence with something else
Embrangle: To confuse
Exuviate: To shed
Griseous: Somewhat grey
Malison: A curse
Muliebrity: The condition of being a woman
Periapt: An amulet
Roborant: Tending to fortify
Skirr: A whirring sound, as of the wings of birds in flight
Vilipend: To treat with contempt
Read more: Time.com