Words are dying.

Not all words, clearly, but some are becoming obsolete as needs change over time. In a great example of how the English language is a living beast, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary have identified words that have fallen out of use and that they’ll no longer put in their concise dictionaries.

I assume this happens all the time; part of the job of the dictionaries is to monitor what words we use. As new words are added, so old words are removed. According to The Guardian, some of the latest to die off include:

charabanc: a motor coach.
wittol
: a man who tolerates his wife’s infidelity.
drysalter: a dealer in certain chemical products and foods.
supererogate: to do or perform more than is required.
woolfell: the skin of a sheep or similar animal with the fleece still attached.

I wonder which of today’s words will fall out of use in 60 or 70 years because we simply don’t need them any more.

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