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!
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.