Old Words

As new words are included in dictionaries, old words are sometimes dropped, not for room, but because they are no longer in use. Compilers of the Collins Dictionary have a list of words they are considering dropping from the new edition.
Dictionary compilers at Collins have decided that the word list for the forthcoming edition of its largest volume is embrangled with words so obscure that they are linguistic recrement. Such words, they say, must be exuviated abstergently to make room for modern additions that will act as a roborant for the book.

Readers who vilipend the compilers’ decision and vaticinate that society will be poorer without little-used words have been offered a chance to save them from the endangered list Collins, which is owned by News Corporation, parent company of The Times, has agreed that words will be granted a reprieve if evidence of their popularity emerges before February, when the word list is finalised.

Did you understand that? If so, you may want to vote on your favorite words to keep in the dictionary. Link -Thanks, Jayne Howley!

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Hear hear - let's show some respect for elderly words. They grow more honorable with age. On my shelf there are several books filled with old words, such as Poplollies & Bellibones, Words On Words, and a 80's edition of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Growing up, I flipped through the pages of that dictionary and read words aloud, relishing the sound of those supposedly antiquated words on my tongue.

Words are like a fine wine, getting better with age.

I hope to add a feature on Word Watcher specifically dedicated to old, lesser used words in the future.
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Perhaps those old words could be removed from print media, but in the digital age, there's no excuse not to keep them all.
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