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Sat 16 May, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm BSTFree
Is this a sad sign of the times? The Oxford Junior Dictionary (OJD) has cut around 50 nature and countryside related words and replaced them with words about computers and the internet. There is widespread uproar about this from the likes of authors Michael Morpurgo, Margaret Atwood, Andrew Motion and Robert Macfarlane. They wrote to the Oxford University Press stating: “We recognise the need to introduce new words and to make room for them and do not intend to comment in detail on the choice of words added. However it is worrying that in contrast to those taken out, many are associated with the interior, solitary childhoods of today. In light of what is known about the benefits of natural play and connection to nature; and the dangers of their lack, we think the choice of words to be omitted shocking and poorly considered.”
Missing Words will highlight and explore these absent nature words in a special children’s workshop. We’ll see how many of the words we can identify and find out more about their lives and habitats.
- Sat 16 May, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
- Event Categories:
- Cambridge, Education, Happening