Make America Respair Again!

What do you do when a brilliant word is no longer in use? Bring it back of course!

After reading an Economist article a couple of weeks ago about why words die, I stumbled upon a little lexical rarity. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) uses respair, both as a noun and a verb, to mean the return of hope after a period of despair. However, the word’s usage dates back as far as the middle ages! Have, we the people, given up on this word because we have given up on hope?

Maybe not. But I encourage you all to resurrect these lost gems, because words do not live in dictionaries. Language survives through the words in which we speak.

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