10 Dec

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.

Abstergent: Cleansing

Agrestic: Rural

Apodeictic: Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration

Caducity: Perishableness

Caliginosity: Dimness

Compossible: Possible in coexistence with something else

Embrangle: To confuse

Exuviate: To shed

Fatidical: Prophetic

Fubsy: Squat

Griseous: Somewhat grey

Malison: A curse

Mansuetude: Gentleness

Muliebrity: The condition of being a woman

Niddering: Cowardly

Nitid: Bright

Olid: Foul-smelling

Oppugnant: Combative

Periapt: An amulet

Recrement: Refuse

Roborant: Tending to fortify

Skirr: A whirring sound, as of the wings of birds in flight

Vaticinate: Prophesy

Vilipend: To treat with contempt

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Posted by on December 10, 2009 in Photography


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7 responses to “Endangered

  1. burstmode

    December 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I like the photo.

    What is interesting is to go through letters written during the Civil War.

  2. burstmode

    December 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I’m sorry, that should be the War of Northern Aggression.

  3. wildstorm

    December 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Yes, that war. In a used bookstore in the town square of Springfield Illinois can be found such letters, newspapers, documents, and books from that time. I never thought I would get out of there.

  4. Doug

    December 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I have never seen any of those words, but “compossible” sounds like a made up word, too.

    Shoot more windows! I like this. The clear view of the clouds, peeking over the frosted main panel. And.. whatever that wee thing is sitting on the sill. Nice. I have a thang for window shots, as you know :-

  5. wildstorm

    December 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Doug, some of these do sound made up, but I plan on using some of them this week to see if anyone responds. As for the window, that wee thing on the sill is a candle holder. It stands abou 7 or 8 inches in height. That is my very large bathroom window.

  6. Doug

    December 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I bow to your muliebrity in all things about candles 😉

  7. Maggie Mae

    December 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    It speaks poorly for my public education but I didn’t know any of the words to be removed.
    As usual great photo!


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