Tag Archives: words

Will You Save the Words?

14 Jun

We’ve heard it said that the key to mental longevity is to always keep your mind open to learning new things. One easy way is to adopt a few new words and use them in your daily conversations. This doesn’t have to mean dusting off your school thesaurus, presuming it passed the bookshelf cull over the years. There’s actually an interesting alternative as I recently discovered. So let me introduce you to Save the Words!

SaveTheWords is an initiative by Oxford Dictionary to save underused English words from extinction. Their sleek website allows you to browse a wall of rare words displayed in colourful fonts. The words will literally call out to be selected! Once you find a word that tickles your curiosity, you can check its meaning or read a sample sentence.

Every year hundreds of words are permanently erased from dictionaries, simply because they are used less frequently (or not at all). They are dropped to make space for newer words. The erosion of our collective vocabulary is not least due to chat-speak and a Twitter culture. Not many use those grand and amazing words anymore (yes, I beg to differ!). So this site allows you to adopt a word and pledge to use it to the best of your ability. How cool is that? Continue reading

Quote of the Week – Thoughts Become Words

9 Jun

 

An analysis of this quote of the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tze (meaning “Old Master”). Continue reading