Palin’s moomentous occasion
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