A funny little Web 2.0 site out there will literally beg you to broaden your knowledge base and expand your vocabulary.
Savethewords will make you chuckle, yes, but you might learn something in the process. Try these words on for size, for example. (I’ll provide the definitions at the end of this post).
The website offers a collage of dozens of little-known words, and when you get there, you hear cute little voices saying things like “pick me” and “over here.” The point is to “adopt” a new word. When you do, savethewords provides you with a definition of the word you’ve adopted and emails you a certificate of adoption. By accepting the certificate, you “promise to use the word, both in conversation and correspondence, as often as possible” and to the best of your ability.
It’s all in good fun and encourages us to expand our knowledge of the ever-evolving English language. As a former journalist, taught to write conversationally, I might never use the word “eicastic.” At the same time, can it hurt me to learn something new?
Check out savethewords and have some fun.
As promised, here are those definitions:
Lubency: noun. Willingness: pleasure. He is running for office, hence his sudden lubency to help little old women cross the street.
Sophronize: verb. To instill with well-grounded moral principles. Strangely, the Paris Hilton book “How to Sophronize Your Child” never found a publisher.
Blateration: noun. Blabber, chatter. I had to listen to my mother’s blateration for 30 minutes just because I got back at 2 a.m.
Eicastic: adjective. Imitative. The parrot’s eicastic abilities caused the maid to believe that someone was actually starting the car.