I've confessed before that I love words, love playing with them and messing about with them. I read a quote the other day that I thought explained my fascination very nicely:
A word is the smallest free form in a language. The beginning of the explanation of an idea. The building block for sentences, leading to paragraphs, and great works of thinking. A word is like a neuron, or an atom, or a single lego block from which great things are made. ~ Daniel Donahoo
And today I found a new place online to play with words. It's called Save the Words. Sadly, hundreds of words are dropped from the English language each year. How long since you used pamphagous or magistricide in a chat?
Old words, wise words, hard-working words. Words that once led meaningful lives but now lie unused, unloved and unwanted.
The site encourages us to find room for these older but interesting words in our conversation and other communication. It even has suggestions for ways to bring words back into fashion, although I must admit I eschew skywriting as a possible method!
If you click on adopt-a-word, you get to choose a word you can adopt. I deliberated and chose pullarian as the most appropriate. (Book Chook Feather of Approval to the first commenter to tell me what it means!)
Best of all, the home page brings us a wonderful collage of words, all of which are crying out to be chosen - "me, pick me!" You can move a window over these words and scroll across your screen. When you click on a word, it gives you its definition. You can also sign up to get a word a day, and even have a word printed on a t-shirt if you live in Malaysia or Singapore.
How cool is that!