Huh? How can you adopt a word?
Well, you may not realize this, but dictionaries are only receptacles of words that are in common usage. The less we use those words, the less likely it is they will be included — and thus are dropped from the dictionary and our vocabularies.
There are some great words out there. Just check out Save the Words if you don’t believe me.
I’ve adopted a word today, and I’m going to blog about it. I’ll do this again, when I adopt a new word. And then I’ll use these words in my everyday communication. Hopefully I’ll help to save them.
in the front; foremost
Sample sentence: Her health was vanmost on her list of priorities.
c.1450, vaunt garde, from M.Fr. avant-garde, from avant “in front” + garde “guard.” Communist revolutionary sense is recorded from 1928.
And I’m quite sure the two words are related through “van”.
Well, that’s it for today. Be sure to tune in next week for another word to bring back to common usage!
Good luck, and good night.
-Katje van Loon