This work forms part of the ongoing Future of Nature series.
Since around 2007 the Junior Oxford Dictionary has removed biological words in favour of technological terms. Although language changes over time, this points to a disconnection with nature as we know it; what once seemed familiar is made strange. Language forms the basis of our understanding and ability to engage with life; without the language to describe our natural environment, how can it maintain a place of social and cultural importance? It also implies a superseding of nature by technology, which is concerning for the future of both.