Palin’s moo­men­tous oc­ca­sion

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 27 let­ter “A bard by any other name would not be a Palin.”

I would ad­vise the per­son who ob­jected to Sarah Palin’s cre­ation of new words to look up ne­ol­o­gism in his dic­tio­nary. A ne­ol­o­gism is a new word, us­age or ex­pres­sion, which en­ters the lan­guage.

We drop old words that no longer have rel­e­vance in our lives and add new ones. Our lan­guage is not static; it is in a con­stant state of flux and flow.

How­ever, E. B. White, noted author and gram­mar­ian, who co-au­thored prob­a­bly the most pop­u­lar writ­ing guide ever penned, “The El­e­ments of Style,” said it more col­or­fully:

“The liv­ing lan­guage is like a cow-path: it is the cre­ation of the cows them­selves, who, hav­ing cre­ated it, fol­low it or de­part from it ac­cord­ing to their whims or their needs. From daily use, the path un­der­goes change. A cow is un­der no obli­ga­tion to stay.”

Sue L. Wright


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