Coming in … and going out …
- Uniscan – a proposed economic union between the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian countries
- chucks – something humorous.
- astragator – we now say ‘astronaut’ or ‘cosmonaut’.
- algeny – we now say ‘genetic engineering’.
- intoximeter – we now say ‘breathalyser’.
- skygirl – an airplane stewardess (we now tend to use a more gender-neutral expression, such as ‘cabin crew member’).
Your taskCan you think of any other words that were popular quite recently, but now seem to have gone out of use?Share your response with your chosen words in the comments area and discuss whether they still use them.
ReferencesAlgeo, J. (1993) ‘Desuetude Among New English Words’. International Journal of Lexicography, 6 (4), 281-293
Further readingThe Oxford English Dictionary blog discusses words which have recently been added to the OED. This page discusses those added in January 2020.This draft version of an article by Antoinette Renouf explains more about the lifecycles of words:Renouf, A. (2013) ‘A Finer Definition of Neology in English: The Life-Cycle of a Word’. in Corpus Perspectives on Patterns of Lexis, Studies in Corpus Linguistics, ed. by Hasselgård, H., Ebeling J., and Oksefjell Ebeling, S. (eds). [online] 57, 177 – 208. available from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/8969/ac8528cf9c38a0cbee58a18fbfe49c1b5109.pdf? [5 November 2019]
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