It’s no secret that English is losing words at a pretty snapping rate. And it’s because they’re not used.
So, I want to introduce you to Save The Words. It’s dedicated to raising awareness to those words that are in danger of dying out. It’s no secret that English is an incredibly elegant language, even in insult if used correctly.
For example, here’s a snippet from an amusing email I received recently:
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.“
“That depends, Sir,” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
I’m all for evolution of language; but the more words we have, the more precise is our communication.
And so, I adopted the word vappous. It means “flat” or “bland”. I’m sorely tempted to buy the shirt suggested by Save The Words, if only to help the site to stay alive. Adopting the word means I must promise to use it. And use it I shall!
The only question is, what limit do I set? I could damn nearly adopt the whole lot…