The Collins English Dictionary is planning to remove 24 words from their dictionary to “make room for up to 2,000 new entries”, according to Time Magazine’s website. I don’t know if they are removing them from an unabridged version or if perhaps they are cleaning up a pocket-sized dictionary. Removal from an unabridged dictionary seems inappropriate, even if they are extremely uncommon words. In any case, I vilipend the idea.
It also seems the new words are going to be quite short. Removing these 24 words is going to make room for 2,000 new ones.
Here are the words. You decide their fate. If you can use any of these in a sentence, maybe they can be revived.
For those of you who speak Spanish, can you spot the four words that are cognates of Spanish words commonly used today?
- Abstergent – Cleansing.
- Agrestic – Rural.
- Apodeictic – Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration.
- Caducity – Perishableness.
- Caliginosity – Dimness.
- Compossible – Possible in coexistence with something else.
- Embrangle – To confuse.
- Exuviate – To shed.
- Fatidical – Prophetic.
- Fubsy – Squat.
- Griseous – Somewhat grey.
- Malison – A curse.
- Mansuetude – Gentleness.
- Muliebrity – The condition of being a woman.
- Niddering – Cowardly.
- Nitid – Bright.
- Olid – Foul-smelling.
- Oppugnant – Combative.
- Periapt – An amulet.
- Recrement – Refuse.
- Roborant – Tending to fortify.
- Skirr – A whirring sound, as of the wings of birds in flight.
- Vaticinate – Prophesy.
- Vilipend – To treat with contempt.
Did you know any of those before reading the list?