Join the latest conservationist movement: Save the Words! It’s too late for the letter Ethel. It doesn’t have to be too late for literally and nauseous. And you can help these poor words with one simple action – and it’s free. All you have to do is make your own idioms!
That and 212 easy payments of $0.99, and you can adopt a word!
Ooops! Sorry – I mixed my emotional appeals. What I meant to say was that, if you make an idiom for a word and help that saying become popularized, then you could be saving a word. Because of you, that word could be safe from the evil evolution of language (*Grammarians everywhere hiss*).
As hard as it is to believe, I’m actually serious. -_-
According to the latest Mental_Floss article that’s floating around Facebook (which I, of course, believe implicitly without doing further research) suggests that at least 10 archaic words were saved using precisely this method: “10 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms.”
I know. Now, you’re asking yourself, “Why didn’t I know about this sooner? How do I make idioms that will be popular enough to save important words?” Just remember: we’re here to help. Or, as I like to say, “get 4 succors a day.”
It’ll catch on any minute. Just watch.
As a serious writer, of course, I know nothing about appealing to the common man or pop culture (whichever comes first), so I’ve compiled some resources for you starting with the most obvious and reliable source:
Now, you, too, can write idioms and popularize them with pictures of cats, awkward moments, or historic-looking drawings on colored rectangles. More importantly, you can save the words. The power is yours – don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
Remember: A flipped bird on each hand, is worth some booboos that will hurt.*
*No one said you had to save real words!