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Recycle discarded words
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There are a lot of unused words in English - many thousands of them. Great words, with a long and distinguished history, but whose meanings are - sadly - no longer required.

Rather than invent new words, let's reuse the old ones. No more cheap, tinny mid-Atlantic neologisms like "television", "Internet" and "hypertext". No more soulless corporate re-blanding with "Consignia", "Diageo" or "Accenture". Instead, let's resuscitate and reassign the likes of "pointrel", "disclander", and "suppletary", "huke", "neume" and "bronstrops". Words with a bit of pedigree.

whimsickle, Oct 25 2002

The Meaning of Liff http://www.amazon.c...68?v=glance&s=books
The book Terrabus lost, the source of the above list. It's by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd. [Monkfish, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Dude, Gnarley, Bodacious, Bougus.
Gulherme, Oct 25 2002

       No more cheap, tinny mid-Atlantic neologisms like Archaeologism?
General Washington, Oct 25 2002

       I thought we did this before with "Adopt-a-Word", but it seems to have gone to halfbakery heaven.
FarmerJohn, Oct 25 2002

       Exactly! Even extending the MO to the *ideas* *themself*. This whimsickle sure is thorough.
General Washington, Oct 25 2002

       [GW] Watch what you say, if you don't want the MO applied to *you*.
whimsickle, Oct 25 2002

       It's too late, Gen. Washington is back in the flesh...and hippopotamus ivory, cow's teeth, wood and metal.
FarmerJohn, Oct 25 2002

       Hey, I'm on your side whimsickle! I even spurned a nice greenfield name for a vintage moniker.
General Washington, Oct 25 2002

       I had a book, not sure where it went to. It was entitled "the meaning of lif". It was a dictionary of places ,in england I believe, with meanings that would go well with them.   

       eg Kentucky - if something fits well it is said to be 'nice and kentucky'   

       ...well I thought it was good.
Terrabus, Jan 24 2003

       foolserrand, I think I love you.
Terrabus, Feb 02 2003

       <with a poona> [foolserrand] Oooh, I’ve been happily pappling in that page - these words are wonderful! I will learn them in an ainsworth. And later, in a pleasant state of aberystwyth, I will recall those long ago days when I was still somewhat comprehensible.

Er, [Monkfish] thanks for the explanatory link. You've saved me from yet another series of embarrassments.
pluterday, Feb 02 2003

       This could really make reading ancient literature difficult. Perhaps it was already done? Perhaps the Gilgamesh Epic was really someone's tax receipt?
RayfordSteele, Apr 01 2006


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