January 10, 2005

The Rectification of Names

The Poor Man (via Eschaton), citing Confucius on the unity of theory and practice, uncovers a lexicographic shortcoming in American English. I can only agree, having adopted the term in question for a number of years now.

There is, in fact, some historical justification for the quasi-Whorfian complaint that without being able to name things, we are ill-suited to fighting them. Massively labeling the Republicans as wankers certainly won't help them, especially since the kinds of folks it most applies to are unlikely to watch enough PBS to understand what it means.

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