This is tragedy of the highest order: "The same summer I was on Lewis, a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was published. A sharp-eyed reader noticed that there had been a culling of words concerning nature. Under pressure, Oxford University Press revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood.
The deletions included acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, 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 attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.".... ... See MoreSee Less
'Lost Words' by Robert McFarlane takes these words, gives them amazing acrostic poems and beautiful double-page, gold-leaf illustrations. To ensure they're no longer lost, we've been finding and using them in our new Big Picture Curriculum in Guernsey 🧡
Macfarlane's other book, 'The Lost Words' is an incredible collection of natural words you can still find in more traditional childhood books like originals edits of Beatrix Potter tales for example. It's also visually stunning and worth a read with a cup of tea of two x
The dumbing down of the masses continues.
Was it really the OED's idea to replace the words? Because this seems to fit in well with the establishment's agenda to make each generation a bit more stupid than the last.
The great poets will be turning in their graves. This annoys, depresses and worries me almost beyond words. It speaks volumes about how little we value things of fundamental cultural and natural worth, and how disconnected, technological and superficial society has (or could) become.
Whilst I am disappointed the words were taken out (10 years ago!). This is just a sign of how society has changed. How disconnected from nature we have been.
Dictionary's are not filled with words of the closing of the publishers. They put words that are most commonly used. Society no longer writes about all the loveliness of nature.
Everyone should buy the lost words book though. Amazingly written
How can they disregard words of nature??? Acorn for goodness sake! Oak trees are hardly uncommon 🤦🏼♀️
Had a great chat with my eldest at 530 this morning about life and how things are going to get tough etc as he gets older. Choices he makes and friends he chooses to hang out with. Blah Blah Blah. Then I saw this this morning and it puts everything into perspective. Just awesome.
She's living some major life goals there! X
One tough cookie right there ❤️❤️🤣
Just WOW xxx
She’s totally oblivious to how amazing she is isn’t she xx