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Nature Words Deleted from the Dictionary..oh no!

March 1, 2015

acorn

In 2009 Oxford Junior Dictionary (Oxford University Press) revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. So they deleted these words from the Junior dictionary. These are the words deleted:

acorn

adder

ash

beech

bluebell

buttercup

catkin

cowslip,

cygnet

dandelion

fern

hazel

heather

heron,

 ivy

kingfisher,

 lark

mistletoe,

nectar

newt

otter,

pasture and 

willow

The words taking their places in the new edition included attachmentblock-graphblogbroadbandbullet-pointcelebrity,chatroomcommitteecut-and-pasteMP3 player and voice-mail.

This is an outright shame because as  Wendell Berry wrote: “… we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.”

When I was a child, I asked my mother what this was (see above), she said it was Nature. For some time after that, every time someone said the word, ‘Nature’, I imagined a dandelion seedhead.  

 “Humans seldom value what they cannot name.”  – Elaine Brooks