The Humanities faculty have launched an ambitious project to try and get a word in the English dictionary and invited one of the most distinguished linguists in the country to Suffolk One to help this project come to life.
David Crystal who is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster agreed to come along and talk to students from One and other local schools about how language was constructed and how it has evolved over the years.
Within the sessions David discussed youth culture and also talked about a recent trend whereby Americans have started adopting English words in their vocabulary, in a role reversal of recent times. The words autumn, cheeky and gobsmacked were cited as examples.
Lucia Aguilar-Gomez, English Language teacher said, “It was a real treat having someone of David’s credentials visit One. His informative and laid back style went down well with the learners’ and he created a real enthusiasm for this project.”
“It’s worth noting that the campaign (to get a word in the English dictionary) will be for One students and employees initially. Every week we will be sorting out entries and narrowing them down to ten. Once the word has been chosen, members from the local community will be asked to accept the word and start using it in everyday chat. The process can sometimes take years but it will be worth it if we are successful and it’s great because it will get our student talking about language.”
“Obviously it would be great if we were able to achieve this with one of our students or staff members.”
“However, I also feel that this could be something that the local community could embrace. The thought of a Suffolk resident inventing a word that will take pride of place in the next English dictionary would be quite something”.