Words That We Don’t Use Anymore
October 22, 2009
There are a lot of words that we don’t use anymore. It isn’t because they don’t convey their meaning well or suddenly have become useless. Can you imagine? I can see the scenario now: OMIGOSH, yesterday this word really meant something. Then I wake up and POOF! It’s useless… (can that happen?). I think it’s because our communication skills are changing to a cryptic and abbreviated version of what we have developed and used over centuries. Think text messaging…
At work we have a little room between the community space and our office and kitchen. This little room is the entry way to the office and kitchen but because it’s in between useful spaces, a transitional space if you will, that would be a confusing way to speak about it. I always call it the vestibule. No one seems to know what this means. I don’t think that anyone would know what I was talking about if I started referring to it as the antechamber either, but it is one.
Because people are often confused when I use the term vestibule I have to expand on it by saying “the little room outside of the office and kitchen”. Think how many more words that is! If only I could convey the location with just one word that everyone understood: think of how much time I would save! At least I would save the time of their pause of confusion, the time it takes me to figure out they don’t know what I mean and then the time it takes to utter 8 or 9 more words. See how complicated communication can be?
Even when we have ways to simplify communication we often don’t use them. Consider the turn signal on a car. How simple it is to communicate where you plan to go, yes? How often do people neglect to do use it? One would think that someone wishes to keep it a secret but I always think HELLLLOOOOO? You’re driving a honking 2 ton hunk of metal, plastic and glass: we can see you!
So today, try to communicate a little more then usual. Use a word that you don’t hear very often just for the fun of it. And don’t forget: use that turn signal! Someone will appreciate it.