Monday, September 22, 2008

How you can help to save some cherished words from oblivion - Times Online

How you can help to save some cherished words from oblivion - Times Online: "It may appear agrestic to ask, but The Times is calling on its readers to come to the rescue of words that risk fading into caliginosity.

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.

Times readers can help to lift the malison on their favourite word by voting for it at the Comment Central weblog on Times Online, which will use its influence to persuade the public that the winning word is compossible with everyday speech."

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