Why we should, er, recycle words – not create new ones…

As we have more than 170,000 words in common usage in the English language, it seems wasteful and unkind to the planet to create new words when we have so many we can recycle.

recycling words on HTWB

Rinse, repeat, recycle. Who’s a pretty boy then?

Our thanks to good friend and colleague John Dale for pointing this out to us here on HTWB and sharing a selection to get us started. I have added a few of my own recyclable words, too… Sz.

Artery, n. The study of paintings

Bacteria, n. The back door of a cafeteria.

Barium, n. What doctors recommend when their patients die.

Battery, n. A more user-friendly word for chiropterology.

Benign, adj. What you be after you be eight.

Caesarean section, np. High-rent area in Rome

Cat scan, np. A search for kitty.

Cauterize, v. Made eye contact with her.

Colic, n. A breed of sheep dog.

Coma, n. A punctuation mark of consciousness.

Dictator, n. A man who has a very unhealthy relationship with potatoes.

Dilate, v. To live a long life.

Disaster, vp. What happened to the lady who backed into a propellor

Fibula, n. A small lie.

Impotent, adj. Distinguished, well known.

In-patient, n. Where the surgeons forgot the last pair of forceps.

Infra dig, adj. To be up for working in archeology.

Labor pain, np. The result of a work injury.

Medical Staff, np. A doctor’s walking cane.

Morbid, adj. A higher offer.

Nitrates, npl. A price cheaper than day rates.

Node, v. Past tense of knew.

Out-patient, n. A person who has fainted.

Pelvis, n. Elvis’s second cousin.

Politics, n. A tic-infested parrot.

Postoperative, n. A mailman or letter carrier.

Recovery room, np. Place to do upholstery.

Rectum, v. Nearly killed him.

Secretion, n. A hiding place.

Seizure, n. An alcoholic Roman emperor.

Tablet, n. A small table.

Terminal illness, np. Airport sickness.

Tumor, n. One more than one more.

Urine, vp. Where you are when you aren’t out.

Waxworks, n. Someone who bangs their head on the office wall.

And for something small, cute and furry…

While you’re here, please check out John Dale’s favourite charity, supporting the endangered Tarsier – said to be the smallest and cutest monkey in the world, but that’s not quite right. They are, however, one of the world’s smallest primates.

Tarsier monkey on HTWB

The cutest, smallest monkey in the world: the Philippines Tarsier. Sadly an endangered species.

The Tarsier is one of the oldest inhabitants of this world having been here when the dinosaurs were, and survived. It is recorded as being on most islands of the Pacific and some mainland countries such as China, Vietnam, Australia and other countries, but can now only be found in the Philippines, Indonesia, and a couple of other island countries.

Tarsier UK is supporting Tarsier Charities in the Philippines and other charities that are working to save the Tarsier in the islands. It also works towards ensuring the general public of the UK knows about the Philippine Tarsier and how endangered it is.

You might also care to like their Facebook page. Thanks in anticipation.

Now, how about sharing your favourite recycled words?

Let’s generate some more!


Image of parrot thanks to these kind people.