Words Worth Reviving: 2016

atkins bookshelf wordsEach year the logophiles from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), who call themselves the Word Warriors, ask fellow word lovers from around the world to submit words that deserve to come out of retirement, lest they tumble over the precipice into the dark chasm of obsolescence. Why pursue this endeavor? you ask. “English includes more words than any other language,” the editors explain, “and this glorious variety gives speakers of English an unparalleled capacity for nuance and precise expression. But sometimes this gift can be difficult to discern. Too often we limit ourselves to words that are momentarily popular [think “hashtag” or “selfie”] or broadly applicable, and so rob ourselves of English’s inherent beauty and agility. Alarmed by this tendency, the Word Warriors… propose to help rejuvenate the language we love by advocating for words of style and substance that see far too little use.” Below is the Word Warriors’ 2016 list of the top regrettably neglected words that are worth reviving. 

Absquatulate: To discreetly leave a gathering or party without informing the host

Anathema: Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes

Supporting such a vile, bigoted candidate was anathema to the young voter

Delectation: Pleasure and delight

Epigone: A less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher

Puerile: Childishly silly and trivial

Rumpus: A noisy, confused or disruptive commotion

Sockdolager: Something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer

Sybaritic: Fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent

Torpid: Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic

Turpitude: Depravity, wickedness

Read related posts: Words Worth Reviving: 2015
Word of the Year 2016 (UK)
What is a Phantonym?

How Many Words in the English Language?
Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year 2016
Word of the Year 2015 (U.S.)
Word of the Year 2015 (UK)
Top Ten Words of the Year: 2015
Word of the Year 2013
Word of the Year 2012
How Long Does it Take to Read a Million Words?
How Many Words in the English Language?

For further reading: http://wordwarriors.wayne.edu

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