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Friday, June 5, 2009

Stop Word Abuse

I love words and it hurts me to see them suffer. How do they suffer? They suffer when they are spelled/spelt wrongly, used incorrectly or exiled from either the language or from their original God ordained meaning.

I am starting a new organization which will change the world. Slight exaggeration. It is called P.A.S.S. It stands for People Against Subversive Semantics.

Join me in this fight. Submit examples of word abuse and we, as members of P.A.S.S. will battle this insidious evil together.

There are 3 categories of word abuse. 1. An oxymoron is a union of words which contradict each other. For example 'gay marriage' is an oxymoron because the definition of a marriage is a legal and spiritual union between a man and a woman. 2. Devolution. (the name of my novel) This is where words have their meanings changed or have meanings added. E.g.. 'Wicked' now means 'good'. 3.Newspeak. Borrowing from Orwell's 1984, this is where new words are invented to obscure the true meaning in order to deceive people. For example 'downsizing'.

The war is on. Enlist today.

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