Baby thrown out with the bath water

In his recently published book Landmarks Robert Macfarlane draws attention to the fact that a few years ago a revised edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was published and this book included for the first time the words attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail. To make space for these words the following words were deleted from the dictionary as no longer being relevant to a modern-day childhood: 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.

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Written by glasskey

I am a secondhand and antiquarian bookseller living in France. I have a bookshop in the Cité de l'Ecrit, Montmorillon, near Poitiers. I also sell books on-line through my own website and through various open sites like Abe books, Amazon and Biblio.

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