In the great scheme of things, the following item is of minor importance. Its playful purpose is to draw attention to ways in which we use and discard words.
For two-thirds of my life I’ve been speaking a foreign language. Although I speak it with an accent (“What are you … Irish, South African, Dutch …?”), I fuss about word usage and tend to be critical of native speakers. I think it comes from being a foreigner, this eagerness to use an adopted language correctly and, in the process, to notice and flag improper usage.
This afternoon, lolling about while recovering from surgery, I listened to a story on NPR about words which are no longer used and consequently deleted from the Oxford English Dictionary. A website out of Kuala Lumpur invites us to preserve perfectly good words by adopting a word and use it in conversation and correspondence.
If you’re game, click on COMMENT and post a word that seems to have fallen into obscurity, one you think deserves preservation. Feel free to pledge a simple way in which you might come to its rescue.
image: Tibetan pilgrims circumambulating (walking around its circumference) Mt. Kailash they believe to be the home of Shiva.