Adoption is a serious consideration, one that requires planning.
This is certainly not the case today.
Be almost sheer accident, today I stumbled into Save The Words (Nancy White tweeted a ning site about visual poetry and I found the link there).
The premise is that, language, as an evolving species, tends to lose words to lack of use. This site presents and amazing (Flash heavy, yes Hilary) site where you pan around a quilt of graphic representations of dying words. There is ambiant background voices, "save me!" "over here" that is both neat and creepy. When you click a word, it provides a definition, a pithy sometimes snarky example of it used in a sentence, and a form field where you can choose to adopt one.
The adoption agreement is "I hereby promise to use this word in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible to the very best of my ability."
After a lot of looking and browing (many of the words are rather bodily function oriented or also seeminly british in source??) I landed on vacacity, a noun meaning "emptiness"
Without the web and things like this, my life would be one of vast vacivity.
And having thus adopted a word, I received this stunning certificate, suitable for framing (or lining bird cages).
Adopt yours today at
Reflecting back on this web page, what a long way things have come from the 1990s in terms of web design? This is hardly even a “page” (yeah I know you purists, it’s all Flash, and inaccessible and …..)
But it is a lovely interface. It draws you in. It invited you to explore. It surprises you. It makes you laugh. It makes all those stiff text, hyperlink-less web pages the pinnacle of vacivity.
The post "Save a Word by Adoption" was originally squeezed out of the bottom of an old rusted tube of toothpaste at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2009/03/save-a-word-by-adoption/) on March 4, 2009.