Save the Words

The Oxford English Dictionary has created a rather delightful new site in an effort to get people to expand their vocabulary and keep more obscure words alive in the language.

Regard the following post, therefore, as something of a public service.

I actually have a traboccant love for language, although I realize that these days it is hardly plebicolar. I’d like to adimpleate this post with wonderful words to help prevent the English language from viliorating. My blog readers are not foppotees, and I would love to pepper the blaterations of Twitter with words like this, but I think if I were to try to use some of them in class, my students might start to consider magistricide.

Note to the designers of that site: the little voices can become incredibly annoying (make the turn-off option more visible), and it would be nice to have a stable URL for the individual words and definitions.

Language is…

A student in my English 280 class sent me this. I love Fry and Laurie, and Stephen Fry gets the “pretentious talking head” absolutely dead-on.