Thursday, September 03, 2009

Snollygoster

Thought my bookish word-appreciating friends might enjoy this.  As the English language evolves and new words are coined, many other words are lost as they go out of fashion or are simply no longer relevant.  SAVE THE WORDS is attempting to curb that trend. 

Logophiles can head over to the Save the Words website and either pick a lost word or be assigned one. A certificate is e-mailed to you with your word and you are charged with using it in a variety of ways to try and bring it back. I think you can even order a shirt with your word on it.

My word is "snollygoster."  Sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, doesn't it? 

snol·ly·gos·ter (snŏl'ē-gŏs'tər)


n. Slang


1. One, especially a politician, who is guided by personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles.

2. a clever, unscrupulous person

Love it!

3 comments:

Marie said...

Save the Words is so fun! :-) thanks for sharing it!

Gary said...

Mine is "melanochalcographer", which is defined as a copper engraver. It will take me all day to master the pronunciation.

What an interesting concept. I thought Greg J. was single-handedly saving the English language, but I'm sure even Superman could use a hand from time to time.

Amy said...

Well, Greg J. is definitely a snollygoster is there ever was one!!!

-A