Yes, friends and neighbors, I am doing my part to save the words. This awesome organization, which is a branch of Oxford UP, houses endangered words, and allows individuals to "adopt" them for free. You even get a nifty certificate (see mine in the upper left). It's really easy--all you have to do is visit Save the Words and pick out a word, or randomly select one, then create a username and password and enter a valid email address (so they can send you that lovely award) and click adopt, and you have adopted a new word. The point is that once the word has been adopted, you should use it as much as you can so that it doesn't actually become extinct. I believe my word's heyday was in the 1600s, so you can see how these endangered words are literally on the verge of extinction.
Warning: The words will all cry out to you pleading, "pick me!" and "over here!" It really is a sad situation, folks, so let's all do our part to keep these poor innocent words from their ultimate demise.
My friend, Blue adopted one yesterday, and then today, my friend, BJ adopted one, as well. This is how I became aware of this site.
Thank you, Blue, for the plug. I plan to put a link to this site on both my blogs to help "spread the word" (as Save the Words' motto proclaims) about this cool phenomenon!
Anyway, my word is "vocitate," which simply means to name. I chose this, of all the scores of words in need of a good home because, ironically enough, I wasn't sure what to vocitate my Word of the Day blog. That is why it is simply called, "Word of the Day."
Also, I realize that many of my friends and family members vocitate their cars. As of yet, I have not vocitated my car. I have owned it for nearly eight years now, and have yet to give it a name. Perhaps if I ever get another car, I can vocitate that one.
Don't be alarmed if I start overusing the word, "vocitate": it's part of the job of being an overprotective parent to my newly-adopted word.
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