Letters: Obscure Words; Fallen Soldiers NPR's Melissa Block reads from listener e-mails about adopting obscure words, and a piece about a memorial service for American soldiers in Afghanistan.
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Letters: Obscure Words; Fallen Soldiers

Letters: Obscure Words; Fallen Soldiers

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NPR's Melissa Block reads from listener e-mails about adopting obscure words, and a piece about a memorial service for American soldiers in Afghanistan.

MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block, and we're going to read now from your letters.

U: Me, me. Over here. Yes, yes, me. Hello.

BLOCK: We heard some obscure words on our program yesterday all crying out for good homes. We found them at savethewords.org, that's a website dedicated to preserving old, endangered words such as frutescent and plebicolar. Well, Bruce Hamilton of Portland, Oregon heard their pleas, and he heeded the call.

H: Your story inspired me to adopt a word that will get quite a bit of use in our household: pugnastic. As the proud owner of a pug, aptly named Otis, we will now be able to refer to Otis' pugnastic skills that he uses daily to soften his bed.

BLOCK: As part of that story, Tom shared with us the sounds from the young men's memorial service, including this eulogy from Private First Class Jason Cavanaugh, remembering his good friend Andrew Meari.

P: Drew, you were my best friend. You treated me like a brother in arms and a brother in blood. You will be missed dearly and never forgotten. I love you, man. You are my hero.

BLOCK: With a brother headed to Afghanistan this coming spring, I thank you for highlighting the true cost of a battle fought overseas.

BLOCK: Thanks to everyone who wrote in, and please do keep those letters coming. You can send them to us at npr.org. Just click on "contact us" at the bottom of the page.

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