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Thread poster: Dimitra Karamperi

Dimitra Karamperi  Identity Verified
Greece
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Mar 19, 2009

Have a look at this site:

http://savethewords.org/

You can adopt a word by signing a declaration saying that you "hereby promise to use this word, in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of your ability".
Nice!

Also check the "spread the word" section.

Enjoy,
Dimitra


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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A nice initiative!! Mar 19, 2009

I have adopted one already.

Personally, I hope a *MYRIANDER* army of translators start using these lost words again. We should start an equivalent initiative with our enormously rich vocabulary in Spanish, endangered by our increasingly standardised way of life!!

MYRIANDER: Adjective, "composed of ten thousand people".


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Hmmmm.... Is there a site that does the opposite? Mar 19, 2009

This is nice, but I would just as much like to see a "Kill the words" site.

I would gladly see bottom sludge like "geographies", "empowerment" or "specialism" go away and never come back as long as I live.

Best,
Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2009-03-19 09:56 GMT]


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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Save the Words Mar 19, 2009

There are some words that I like to use as much as possible, so am listing them in the hope that they can be saved or revived.

survene = come as an addition to, to ensue

indeed

somewhat

henceforth

lest

erstwhile

albeit

peradventure

I am sure that I have forgotten some, so will present a new list soon.


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Lovely Mar 19, 2009

Nice site, and great little list, Paul.

Paul Dixon wrote:

There are some words that I like to use as much as possible, so am listing them in the hope that they can be saved or revived.

survene = come as an addition to, to ensue

indeed

somewhat

henceforth

lest

erstwhile

albeit

peradventure

(Never heard that last one, I have to admit - had to look it up: perhaps, perchance)

What I find upsetting is that in this age of SMS txtspk, which ppl think z gr8 bcz it keeps evrythng short, what they don't realise is that some of these endangered words existed for a reason, they were unique, concise and expressive, and that we now often need several words to replace them, and even these are sometimes inadequate (see: lest - for fear that)


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