save the words

Check out Oxford’s Save the Words – an intriguing and visually striking project. While I’m hopeful the endeavor will be successful, I’m more than a little skeptical about the probability of PDE speakers adopting words such as veteratorian ‘subtle’, pugnastics ‘displays of boxing abilities’, agonyclyte ‘member of a heretical sect that stood rather than kneeled’, and obarmate ‘to arm against’ in everyday usage. On the other hand, words such as pregnatress ‘female power that generates or gives birth to something’ might just gain momentum.

On a related note: Oxford has announced the 2010 WOTY: refudiate.