Bluebells and buttercups eliminated from childhood in favor of celebrities and chatrooms

There was a recent update to the Oxford Junior Dictionary, and someone noticed that many words describing nature had disappeared. The Guardian says:

Under pressure, Oxford University Press revealed a list of the entries it no longer felt to be relevant to a modern-day childhood. The deletions included 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. The words taking their places in the new edition included attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail.

5 thoughts on “Bluebells and buttercups eliminated from childhood in favor of celebrities and chatrooms

  1. This makes me sad. One of the highlights of my childhood was identifying local flowers and plants. When I’m a parent, it seems I’ll have to make an extra effort to expose little ones to the wonder of nature.

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  3. Oh goodness. Just yesterday I Googled up an answer to the question, “what is this amazing yellow mushroom that has turned up in my yard?” The answer: Leucocoprinus birnbaumii, or the ‘plantpot dapperling.’
    If Google had been in the dictionary, but dapperling missing, well, that wouldn’t have helped me much, would it?
    What scarcity we endure, to have to jettison the names of the things of the world in favor of the names of the services we invented to talk about the world.
    But maybe it’s not so bad. Maybe we will lose so many words that eventually we will just post pictures and respond in emoticons, and, in this way, we’ll end up agape, able to be in awe again, and then we’ll start all over to see and feel and name, and begin with dapperlings.

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