Sunday, February 8, 2009

Save the words!

This is such fun - give it a try! I found out about from Daisy. Stop by to see the enormous selection of words being dropped from modern usage by the Oxford Dictionary. You, too, can adopt a word to put back in circulation. The first word I chose was pocket handkerchief, but then it disappeared before I could register it. It's probably there somewhere, but after searching I decided to adopt it without registering! Pocket handkerchiefs and I go way back. My dad always carried one, and my sister and I learned how to iron by practicing on Dad's pocket handkerchiefs. If we were out somewhere with Dad and needed to wipe our sticky ice cream cone hands, there was Dad's pocket handkerchief ready to help. The modern concept of going green may bring pocket handkerchiefs back into fashion. Carrying a pocket handkerchief is much less wasteful than using paper tissues that get thrown away. (We won't think about the germs that sit around in your pocket after using your pocket handerchief half a dozen times when you have a cold. :>})

Being a lover or words, I chose two more to adopt. Namelings are persons bearing the same name. We encounter a bit of confusion at the doctors' office where I work with namelings. We have to ask the nameling's date of birth so we get the correct chart for the patient.

A cecograph is a writing device for the blind. I need to look into getting a cecograph for my mom. She has extremely limited vision, and can no longer see what she has written. It makes it difficult for her to sign documents, and a cecograph would be helpful.


Suzanne said...

Wow I must check that out. My mum always has a pocket handkerchief and I must confess I use tissues. My kids love asking to use Nannas pocket handkerchiefs and I learned to iron with these as well.

The Gingerbread House said...

That's a word I'm familar with :o),Cecil still uses them and I have to make sure I add bleach to that wash, Sometimes I think he scrubs the floor with them.Ginny

The Gingerbread House said...

Ladydi, you will find pictures of Cecil and I under "Newly weds 60 years ago" under older posts

Daisy said...

I remember pocket handkerchiefs too. My Dad always carried one with him. My grandmothers had them too. I like the words you chose, Diana. Thanks for playing along. :)