Word Down

You’re one word in a dictionary.
You’re defined by several others.
They in turn get definitions
From a handful, sometimes you.

Your meaning changes over decades,
Some words fall into disuse.
You become arcane and pointless-
Obscurantists find you cute.

Remember the point of your creation,
You were on everyone’s lips.
They finally had a word for it
And they could mean just what they say.

But you are just one of millions;
The language lives, the words they fade.
Darwin wrote the rules for language-
You don’t adapt, you fade away.


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