I've had several recent conversations about words. A email list I participate in was discussing words. The list is partially made up of authors and a couple of them were discussing the use of "old time words." The list also includes several teachers, and they were talking about how the youth of today has no idea what some words mean, and how "honors" or "AP" classes no longer mean much, and whether or not they do or should filter the words they use. Several of the teachers said they sprinkle in large words in an attempt to broaden their students exposure to words.
I like words. I've always thought I have (or had) a pretty large vocabulary. I still think I do, but I now find I sometimes have more difficulty locating the word I am thinking of. I know what the word is, I can almost see it, but it just slips through my fingers. So Frustrating!! why can't I think of what I'm trying to say anymore?
Some of the words that were discussed in the various conversations - curmudgeon, mulling, plushies (or stuffies - meaning stuffed animals), umbrage, individualistic, refute, sensationalistic, and the list goes on. I like words....
If today's society, (and it isn't just today's youth) is not using words, is it because they are too busy texting, and using text-speak shorthand instead of real words? Is it because no one reads anymore? Or has a real conversation? That is sad.