Do words from our dictionary disappear?

Yes, just as there are words every year, there are also regular words disappearing.This can have different causes: words that are too corny, words that are too flat sound or are generally found to be politically incorrect. “Zatlap” will not find you in the great Van Dale anymore. Just like “Night Runner” was replaced by “Street Hoertje”.

At the school where I gave Dutch, we had a dictionary with disappeared words.That was an edition of Van Dale. It was then a new edition, so if it would interest you, you can probably find it back in the library or you may still be able to order it in a local bookstore.

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Yeah sure.

Archaic and obsolete words are removed from the dictionary, especially from the handy and everyday editions.

But words are not removed from the dictionary of Nederlandsche Taal. [1

I hope I have answered your question Bastiaan achthoven (Quora user).Thank you for asking me this question.


[1 Dictionary of Dutch language-Wikipedia

As far as the thick Van Dale and other great dictionaries are concerned, I think this would rarely or never happen, because one of the most important functions of a dictionary is to explain the meaning of strange, outdated or obscure words, which may be long were no longer in use.If the Dutch still want to read and understand the works of Vondel, a means is necessary where you can discover the meaning of such words.

Just grab a work of Vondel.Know that you come across words that are no longer in de Van Dale. In a few years will also be words like videotape. Music cassette is also no longer in the dictionary.

I sometimes find it funny to read old “hip” magazines from the years 60 and 70.For example, who uses words such as “groovy”?

And which construction worker brings in the new construction still “plinth bobbin”?And a techie is especially what you drink in a caf茅 on Friday night.

Language is constantly changing.Both social, technical and political developments will entail new words, and other words are printed in the background. At a given moment they disappear from everyday common language, and later also from the dictionaries.

But on the other hand, the words disappeared especially to make sure that a dictionary is handy and usable. With online dictionaries, the need to clean the vocabulary is less urgent.At most, it is stated in certain words that it is archaic.

Language is a living organism.A be book is a reflection of that language.
This is why archaic or old-fashioned words are no longer included in new editions.

Also changed the meaning, or the use of a word sometimes.Where, for example, formerly “Geil” was used mainly to indicate fertility: “A randy Field”, the word on today is only used as an indication of sexual lust.
The same fate is the word “gay” in the English language.Voeger meant “gay” just cheerful, exiled. Now it is actually only used as an alternative denomination for homosexuality.
This, however, is also reflected in the dictionaries of languages other than the English language.

I personally think of though Bastiaan.Words are added again and also deleted if there is a need.

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