Save the Words!

By Michelle S. Tue, November 9, 2010

Have you heard about Oxford University Press's fantastic Save the Words project? In an effort to revive English words that have fallen from common use, Save the Words encourages you to "adopt-a-word" and use it as much as possible in an effort to breathe new life into the lexicon. In a language where just 7,000 of its many, many thousands of words communicate about 90% of all that is written, the Save the Words project is an admirable and fun way to inject variety into our communication and celebrate the staggering breadth of the English vocabulary. We here at the Free Library encourage you to act with impigrity to adopt your word from the comprehensive Save the Words database!

Do you have a favorite lightly used word from the annals of English? We encourage you to share your favorite and/or adopted words and their definitions in the comment section below!


I like "horripilation" : a bristling of the hair of the head or body (as from disease, terror, or chilliness).
Adrienne - Philadelphia Wed, November 10, 2010

I'm a fan myself of the word pamphagous, which means "eating or consuming everything."

Michelle - Philadelphia Wed, November 10, 2010

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