24 Words the CED Wants to Exuviate (Shed)

October 14, 2008 at 10:12 am 2 comments

Here are a list of words the Collins English Dictionary wants to discard to make room for up to 2,000 new entries.

Abstergent: Cleansing

Agrestic: Rural

Apodeictic: Unquestionably true by virtue of demonstration

Caducity: Perishableness

Caliginosity: Dimness

Compossible: Possible in coexistence with something else

Embrangle: To confuse

Exuviate: To shed

Fatidical: Prophetic

Fubsy: Squat

Griseous: Somewhat grey

Malison: A curse

Mansuetude: Gentleness

Muliebrity: The condition of being a woman

Niddering: Cowardly

Nitid: Bright

Olid: Foul-smelling

Oppugnant: Combative

Periapt: An amulet

Recrement: Refuse

Roborant: Tending to fortify

Skirr: A whirring sound, as of the wings of birds in flight

Vaticinate: Prophesy

Vilipend: To treat with contempt

By William Lee Adams.
Find this article at: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1847042,00.html

I must admit I had never heard of any of them before reading this list but now I’ve seen them would love to try adding them to my conversation. Would they have an abstergent effect on the calignosity of my griseous vocabulary?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. CW  |  October 14, 2008 at 11:29 am

    What a pity they want to exuviate these words! I hope the OED would keep them, even if the Collins dictionary doesn’t!

    Reply
  • 2. Jackie England  |  May 27, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Heh I’m literally the first reply to your amazing article!

    Reply

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