Friday, March 13, 2009

Save the Words, Adopt a Word

Save the Words is an interesting project promoting the use of obscure and "endangered" words. Save the Words is a huge collage of words that have been removed from the Oxford Dictionary because a lack of use. Each one of these words is "up for adoption" and looking for someone to adopt it. Word adopters are people who, in the words of Save the Words, promise to use that word as frequently as possible and save it from extinction.

Applications for Education
Save the Words could be a nice addition to a vocabulary lesson. If vocabulary quizzes are a regular part of your course, the words from Save the Words could be used as extra credit/ bonus words.