Gathering wild words

National Trust Press Office

Words shape our history and our story. They provide the tools that allow us to create the narratives that define us. Words are important because they give us the ability to capture the colour and nuance that connects us to the world that we inhabit.

blackberry has become Blackberry; with technology trumping nature blackberry has become Blackberry; with technology trumping nature

And nowhere is this so important as the words that children learn as they grow up. That is why it really matters for the natural world that 50 words about nature and the countryside have disappeared from the Oxford Junior Dictionary back in 2012. Generations have grown up discovering these wonderful words helping to deepen our connection with the natural world.

The Oxford Junior Dictionary has replaced many words that we took for granted such as catkins, conkers, otters and kingfishers with cut and paste and broadband; even blackberry has become Blackberry.

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