Axing Words

The editors of Collins Dictionary have decided to give the pink-slip to 24 words in the English Language. Their argument is that, these are lesser known words and have almost ‘nil’ usage in today’s world.

The list of words with their meanings is as follows:

1] Abstergent:- Cleansing or scouring

2] Agrestic:- Rural, rustic, unpolished, uncouth

3] Apodeictic:- Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration

4] Caducity:- Perishableness, senility

5] Caliginosity:- Dimness, darkness

6] Compossible:- Possible in coexistence with something else

7] Embrangle:- To confuse or entangle

8] Exuviate:- To shed (a skin or similar outer covering)

9] Fatidical:- Prophetic

10] Fubsy:- Short and stout, squat

11] Griseous:- Streaked or mixed with grey, somewhat grey

12] Malison:- A curse

13] Mansuetude:- Gentleness or mildness

14] Muliebrity:- The condition of being a woman

15] Niddering:- Cowardly

16] Nitid:- Bright, glistening

17] Olid:- Foul-smelling

18] Oppugnant:- Combative, antagonistic or contrary

19] Periapt:- A charm or amulet

20] Recrement:- Waste matter, refuse, dross

21] Roborant:- Tending to fortify or increase strength

22] Skirr:- A whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight

23] Vaticinate:- To foretell, prophesy

24] Vilipend:- To treat or regard with contempt

There are some people who are opposed to this move by Collins and are trying their best to persuade the editors to reconsider their decision.

Now that these words are to be ‘exuviated abstergently’ do not use them and ’embrangle’ your conversations or writings!


~ by Jayanthan Ravi on September 25, 2008.

One Response to “Axing Words”

  1. Hi, your writing seems to have taken a break!

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