Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Save The Words lets you adopt a dying word, feel smarter

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Language is a living thing. As the world changes, new words are invented, and older ones fade away and go out of circulation. Some would say that's the nature of the Universe. But do all of these words really have to die? After all, it's fun to use a unique word every now and then - it keeps your text from becoming too vappous.

Save The Words is a project that's related to Oxford Dictionaries. It lays out a large canvas of endangered words in front of your eyes, and when you click a word, a dialog pops up with its meaning. The definitions are simple (perhaps a tad too simple) and very easy to understand.

Once you find a word that strikes you as original, interesting, or worthy in some other way, you can "adopt" it. When you adopt a word, you're supposed to receive an email with a certificate of adoption, but mine never came. Still, the important thing is that by adopting the word, you promise that you're going to use it and, thus, bring it back to life. That's not such a vappous goal after all!

Save The Words lets you adopt a dying word, feel smarter originally appeared on Download Squad on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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