Adopt a Word
The other day I read someone’s blog and they had written about all the things they’d done when WordPress was down a while ago. One of the things they had mentioned was adopting a word. The idea is that, in a desperate attempt to save the English language, you make a promise to revive an uncommon word by using it as often as possible. Inspired by this, and fuelled by my anger over the new words that were recently added to the dictionary, I decided to give it a go.
At first I browsed the internet for uncommon words. I found one that I liked; it meant ‘the first person you see after you leave your house’. I was going to pick it, but I couldn’t find it in my dictionary and though I’m sure it’s a real word, I decided not to use it. Naturally, I thought the simpler way would be to just look through the dictionary until I found one I liked, however I soon realised that there are a lot more common words than uncommon ones (obviously). Eventually, in the ‘L’ section, I found a word I liked. The word is ‘loquacious’ and means talkative. It comes from the Latin word for speak, which is ‘loqui’. When used as a noun loquacious becomes loquacity as in ‘I prefer tongue tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity’.
I will now attempt to use the word loquacious as often as I can and hopefully it will spread and become part of normal speech. Now I urge you to, not only use the word loquacious, but also find an uncommon word and adopt it. Think of the future. Next time the dictionary is updated poor little loquacious could be out on its ear. We must save the words before it’s too late.
What do you think? Will you save a word from extinction? Is loquacious your new favourite word? Let me know by leaving a comment and voting below. Also don’t forget to subscribe.