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A Loss of Words 0

Every year, there is a spate of stories about words added to various dictionaries.

In my local rag, Bernadette Kinlaw points out that, every year, words are also dropped from dictionaries. Here are a few of this year’s casualties:


This is an aircraft that flies because of its rotating blades.


When you deliciate, you indulge in feasting. I’m going to use that word starting today.


A frigorific thing causes or creates cold. The polar vortex is like that.

Read her list. Several of them are words I’ve actually heard of (alienist, for one). I have heard somewhere gyrocopter, but not cyclogiro.


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