As I drove home from work this afternoon, I heard this brief story on NPR’s All Things Considered. The gist? There are so many words that have been neglected for so long, they’ve been all but banished from the dictionary. They need someone to reintroduce them into our everyday lexicon.

In short: these words need a home. Won’t you adopt a word?

If you do visit savethewords.org, be sure to make sure the volume is turned up. And if you choose to adopt one of these words? Well, prepare yourself for the adulation. Hilarious.

locupletative adj. tending to enrich
It slowly dawned on him that the locupletative classes he was attending only served to enrich the instructor’s bank account.

Cool word, huh? I just adopted it. I think it was a very locupletative thing to do.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Carol says:

    Look at all the words, a bibliophile’s dream dictionary. It is a toss up:

    bearing a scepter, having authority


    blabber, chatter

    Hmm, I would hate to loose either word to the black hole of disuse. My favourite things are having authority and chatting into a blabber. No wonder “blah, blah, blah” is what I hear when politicians begin to speak. Of course, when I speak, everyone listens. :]

    I look forward to your daily posts.

    1. Amy says:

      Carol, those are both great words! And, I must say, easier to pronounce than locupletative. Not sure how well I’m going to do by my adoption of this word when I can hardly say it…

  2. Stormy (a.k.a. Bacon Sex Betty) says:

    Oh goodness. How wonderful! Thankfully, I had my headset up and running and was able to giggle along with the bevy of them all audibly begging to be adopted!


    Eating or consuming everything.


    1. Amy says:

      Stormy, I love that one! And relate to it far too much! 🙂

  3. I’m all about saving the words but, personally, a word with that many syllables is questionable… reminds me of a course I took in massage school… pathology… and honestly I can’t remember that many diseases

    1. Amy says:

      Yeah…there were definitely some easier words to pronounce on that site. Like “long play,” which is, of course, two words. It refers to the LP of yesteryear, so I guess I can see why it’s fallen out of use!

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