English words at risk of extinction (albeit only in one venue)!! My heart begins to palpitate.
So go to the Times link above and vote for your favorite endangered word. But here at Ed Ass we're going to go a step above and beyond! We're going to re-integrate endangered words into internet authenticity. So! A contest.
Contest!! Write a short story of up to (but not more than) 250 words, featuring as many of the endangered words as you like/can gracefully fit.
Post that story a) on your blog, if you have one, and b) in the comments section of this contest post. This will mean a DOUBLE GOOGLE SEARCH hit for the words you choose to use.
Entries are due at 10 pm EST on Monday, September 29th. A winner will be chosen at random from the submissions. The prize will be a copy of THE SPANISH BOW, our October Book Club Pick.
I know there are at least some of you that can't say no. :)
Here are some of the dying words (although check out the full list link, since the ones below are probably the most likely to get saved):
Abstergent Cleansing or scouring
Agrestic Rural; rustic; unpolished; uncouth
Apodeictic Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration
Caducity Perishableness; senility
Caliginosity Dimness; darkness
Compossible Possible in coexistence with something else
Embrangle To confuse or entangle
Exuviate To shed (a skin or similar outer covering)
Fubsy Short and stout; squat
Griseous Streaked or mixed with grey; somewhat grey
Malison A curse
Mansuetude Gentleness or mildness
Muliebrity The condition of being a woman
Nitid Bright; glistening
Oppugnant Combative, antagonistic or contrary
Periapt A charm or amulet
Recrement Waste matter; refuse; dross
Roborant Tending to fortify or increase strength
Skirr A whirring or grating sound, as of the wings of birds in flight
Vaticinate To foretell; prophesy
Vilipend To treat or regard with contempt