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I am sure you will get a lot of comments from people telling you what "their" word is. I will resist that. Instead, I lament the loss of words at all. People talk less. To each other, I mean.

They call more, e-mail more, text more, web search more, fax more. But talk less and see each other less and truly share less.

I don't mind when new words live--even live large.

I mind when old words (and worlds) die.

05/17/13 @ 11:16
Comment from: Chari

"[S]ince I love words more than fashion, linguistic forms are like shiny ribbons to me."

I always enjoy reading your writing, but that was a sentence to which I totally relate. Phrasing in a conversation will strike me and I'm off looking up the etymology of a word I thought I knew well.

Very much enjoyed your musing on "marginalized." We say we use words to communicate, but--bear with me--we also use words to avoid communicating, especially when the information to be shared might be unsettling. Messages are sanitized (there is a word to spend a day on), but understanding the need to do the sanitizing may explain more than the words chosen to do it.

Looking forward to the next word that catches your attention.

05/17/13 @ 11:28
Comment from:

Actually, Joe, I would very much like to hear what other words capture people's attention. Please tell.

Still, you raise a good point. Since we do keep adding new words to the dictionary, though, I suppose there will always be enough new ones to replace the old ones, even if I liked the old ones well enough.

And no matter how we communicate, I am still fascinated when I hear popular catch phrases spill from the mouths of folks, like contagious germs. The words move to the front of our consciousness, I suppose, so they also move to the front of our vocabulary.

05/17/13 @ 11:29
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Chari: "avoid communicating." Well said. Or sometimes to avoid individual thinking. Either way, I appreciate hearing from someone who truly understands. Thanks for posting.

05/17/13 @ 11:32

I love your take on things, as always, Ruth. Have you read "Don't Think of an Elephant" by George Lakoff? If not, I think you'd love it, based on what you wrote in this article.

05/17/13 @ 18:27
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Thank you for the suggestion, Pace ... and the image of an elephant. :)

05/20/13 @ 10:43