2/27/2021 11:44

The of Writing is Seems

My sense is that the current tendency in English usage (or abusage) is to forget and then more to make up for. As many as would have if only, so maybe paid by the word? Here's an example from yesterday afternoon which seems just the quintessential epitomy of illustrate.

 • they expressed over the detriment removing a resident can cause on families [https://www.wbay.com/2021/02/24/green-bay-long-term-care-facility-closing-one-of-its-buildings-in-response-to-proposed-medicaid-funding-cuts/]

I know that language changes over time. (I believe English should only change to be closer and closer to my personal ideal but that seems an aspiration too far.) In the example above I don't think we are seeing "change" so much as "decay".

Language in the public sphere is rounding out the prophecy of Hamlet when asked by Polonius, "What do you read, my lord?" The prince replied, "Words, words, words." With English's expansive number of words combined with modern spelling correction nearly every writing is made of words. (I've seen exceptions even just today but they weren't adequately funny to reproduce.) This is combined in a portmanteau of a meaning first elucidated by Humpty Dumpty. "When I use a word it means exactly what I wish it to mean neither more nor less."

Else how those that we find media selected at random intent?

There is also a great quote from Spock to Kirk near the end of one of the original episodes to the effect that Kirk, as a civilized man, was able to act the part of a barbarian more successfully than a barbarian version of Kirk could act the part of the civilized Kirk. This can also be understood as the "tset gniruT" (if in bash mode, or Turing¯¹ or inverse Turing test if in algebra mode). That is, I as a literate person can succeed at appearing illiterate whereas the reverse is near to impossible.