2022 : Wayne State Releases Its Annual List of Words that Should Return to Regular Use

When:
January 2, 2023 all-day
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Now beginning its 13th year, Wayne State’s Word Warriors series promotes words especially worthy of retrieval from the linguistic cellar. Its extensive list is composed of submissions from both administrators of the website as well as the public; participants worldwide have seen their favorite words brought back from the brink of obsolescence at wordwarriors.wayne.edu. New entries are posted there — as well as on Facebook — weekly.

This year, the Word Warriors have not foozled about but rather compiled a list of memorable — some might say grandiloquent — words to be revived and reused in speech and writing. Far from a collection of otiose nouns and verbs, these selections will add color and depth to conversations.

“Each year, I’m surprised by the variety of the submissions we receive from around the world,” said Chris Williams, assistant director of editorial services for Wayne State Marketing and Communications, and head of the Word Warriors program. “Our Word Warriors once again provided a batch of words that make our language richer. The English language is so versatile and unique, and we’ve ended up with another list of 10 great words.”

The Word Warriors’ extensive list is composed of submissions from both administrators of the website as well as the public; participants worldwide have seen their favorite words brought back from the brink of obsolescence at wordwarriors.wayne.edu. New entries are posted there — as well as on Facebook — each week.

“The English language has perhaps more words in its lexicon than any other,” says Jerry Herron, dean of WSU’s Irvin D. Reid Honors College and a member of the website’s editorial board. “By making use of the repertoire available to us, we expand our ability to communicate clearly and help make our world a more interesting place. Bringing these words back into everyday conversation is just another way of broadening our horizons.”

And now, the Word Warriors’ 2022 list of eminently useful words that should be brought back to enrich our language:

  • Cacoethes

    An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable.
    My commitment to weight loss was derailed by my cacoethes to eat the entire pizza.

    Collywobbles

    Intense anxiety or nervousness, especially with stomach queasiness.
    While he was confident in rehearsal, performing before a crowd sent him running to the restroom with a case of the collywobbles

    Desiderata

    Things that are required or wanted.
    The committee met to discuss the various desiderata of a successful village fete.

    Elflock

    Hair matted as if by elves.
    She woke up in the morning with her hair knotted in elflocks.

    Foozle

    To fumble, bungle or make a mess of.
    I thought that I had the skills to complete that exercise, but instead I completely foozled the whole thing.

    Fudgel

    To pretend to work when in reality one is not doing anything.
    He fudgeled at his desk, a comic book hidden inside his history text.

    Grandiloquent

    Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, especially in a way that is intended to impress.
    His grandiloquent affectations, meant to endear him to the elite, instead made him an object of ridicule.

    Malapert

    Boldly disrespectful to a person of higher standing.
    He had skill, but his malapert behavior put him at odds with executives and prohibited any chance of promotion.

    Otiose

    Serving no practical purpose or result.
    He asked for suggestions but was met by the otiose ramblings of his disinterested peers.

    Scurryfunge

    To hastily tidy a house.
    Upon receiving the call that their parents were due home two hours earlier than planned, the kids scurryfunged in an attempt to hide evidence of their weekend party.

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