Adopt a word today

The folks behind the Oxford Dictionary are asking you to help spread the word about its effort to Save the Words. According to the website

Each year hundreds of words are dropped from the English language. Old words, wise words, hard-working words. Words that once led meaningful lives but now lie unused, unloved and unwanted. Today, 90% of everything we write is communicated by only 7,000 words. You can change all that. Help save the words!

This attractive and very well-designed website also has handy suggestions for you to help save the words in everyday life, including how to drop near-extinct words at board meetings and what to name your pet (“Cestuan,” anybody?).

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