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Five life-affirming words we should bring back into use

By Sara Pons-Sanz, Reader, School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University
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Lexicographer and TV personality Susie Dent recently embarked on a curious, self-appointed mission. She is determined to bring the word “respair”, last used around 1525, back into common usage.

“Respair”, Dent explains, means “fresh hope; a recovery from despair”. To her mind, the English language has something of a pessimistic bent. It tends to retain the negativity of various words, but not their more positive counterparts. For instance, we say “unkempt”,…The Conversation

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