Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Word Warriors' list of the year's top words worth reviving

 

English includes more words than any other language, and this glorious variety gives speakers of English an unparalleled capacity for nuance and precise expression. But sometimes this gift can be difficult to discern.

Too often we limit ourselves to words that are momentarily popular or broadly applicable, and so rob ourselves of Englishís inherent beauty and agility. Alarmed by this tendency, the Word Warriors of Wayne State University propose to help rejuvenate the language we love by advocating for words of style and substance that see far too little use.

You can help. In fact, please do. Just visit one of the links on this page to submit your own words that deserve retrieval from the linguistic closet, and tell us why you think so. Everybody knows words whose revival would make the speaking and writing of English a livelier, snappier pastime and more satisfying for us all.