They say extinction is forever. Every year various species disappear from the earth, remaining as only a memory or an image in a textbook for future generations. Eventually, they are forgotten by all but a specialized few.
In this post I'm going to show you how you can participate in the preservation of some of these endangered species. I'm not talking about a small donation to a zoo or some abstract organization. I'm talking about boots-on-the-ground, active and direct participation.
"Each year hundreds of words are dropped from the English language. Old words, wise words, hard working words. Words that once lead meaningful lives but now lie unused, unloved and unwanted."
Such begins the plea by Oxford Dictionaries to convince ordinary people like you and me to "Save The Words" by pledging to adopt and use one or more of these forgotten words in our conversation and writing.
A visit to the Save The Words webpage immediately puts us face to face with a crowded screen full of endangered words calling and clamoring for our attention. It's like going to the SPCA and seeing all the cute kittens and puppies. How can you possibly leave without adopting the adorable "Tortiloquy" or the sad-eyed "Patracian"?
I'm proud to say that my daughters have adopted the cuddly word, "Frutescent." Now it's almost impossible to look at something or someone without evaluating its shrub-like qualities.
Visit www.savethewords.org . You never know -- the words you save could fill that vast "vacivity" in your heart.
And ... Oh, by the way, after visiting, please come back and leave a comment letting us know which word you saved.