Want to improve your vocabulary with some really interesting words while saving those words from oblivion? Visit Save The Words and adopt a word or just learn some new ones.
Save The Words is a fun website from Oxford University Press, publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary. The site is aimed toward preventing the extinction of words that are endangered due to their lack of use. It gives you a chance to adopt a word with the requirement that you commit to use it at least once a day to help save it from extinction.
Below is a sampling of ten of the endangered words that I found interesting:
retirant – n. a retiree
prebition – n. the act of offering, showing, or setting before
krioboly – n. the sacrifice of many rams
obarmate – v. to arm against
pessundate – v. to cast down or destroy
gleimous – adj. slimy, full of phlegm
lambition – n. act of licking or lapping
riviation – n. fishing
modernicide – n. killing of modern people
agonyclite – n. member of a heretical sect that stood rather than kneeled
The sample sentences given for the words are often as much fun as discovering the words themselves. So, even if you’re not planning to write about someone sacrificing many rams or killing modern people, check out the site and spend a few minutes smiling.