Monday, 8 December 2008

New words for old

Apparently the word 'abbey' (PA photo) and 'monarch' have now been excluded from the new version of Oxford University Press's Junior Dictionary in favour of 'celebrity' and 'broadband'.

Nature-related words like 'heather' and 'willow' have also been removed, I gather. See article in the Telegraph.

"We are looking at the loss of words of great beauty. I would rather have 'marzipan' and 'mistletoe' than 'MP3 player', " says one headmaster.
Words taken out: Acorn, allotment, almond, apricot, ash, bacon, beech, beetroot, blackberry, blacksmith, bloom, bluebell, bramble, bran, bray, bridle, brook, buttercup, canary, canter, carnation, catkin, cauliflower, chestnut, clover, conker, county, cowslip, crocus, dandelion, diesel, fern, fungus, gooseberry, gorse, hazel, hazelnut, heather, holly, horse chestnut, ivy, lavender, leek, liquorice, manger, marzipan, melon, minnow, mint, nectar, nectarine, oats, pansy, parsnip, pasture, poppy, porridge, poultry, primrose, prune, radish, rhubarb, sheaf, spinach, sycamore, tulip, turnip, vine, violet, walnut, willow.
Word put in: Celebrity, tolerant, vandalism, negotiate, interdependent, creep, citizenship, childhood, conflict, common sense, debate, EU, drought, brainy, boisterous, cautionary tale, bilingual, bungee jumping, committee, compulsory, cope, democratic, allergic, biodegradable, emotion, dyslexic, donate, endangered, Euro.
Hm.

5 comments:

callmemadam said...

Tsk! They just need a fatter dictionary.

Elizabethd said...
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Elizabethd said...

Try again, with emphasis on correct spelling.
Your post just shows what has happened to a once literate and articulate country. How very sad....lowest common denominator, I think.

Jan Jones said...

I never bothered with a children's dictionary for mine - just let them loose on the full one!

JJ said...

Oh that's so depressing.