changes in word meanings

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Fri Aug 18 19:19:16 UTC 2000

--- Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:
> At 10:32 AM -0700 8/18/00, James Smith wrote:
> >I read a quote from someone that said, in effect,
> that
> >as the meaning of words change, people become
> >frustrated and angry that they have lost the means
> of
> >expressing themselves.  Of course the quote I'm
> >looking for is much more succinct.  Does this ring
> any
> >bells with anyone?
> >
> What an awful, pompous, artificial thing to say.

The quote I'm looking for was brought to mind by the
responses of Mike Salovesh and Lynne Murphy to  Gavin
McNett's review of Suzanne Romaine and Daniel Nettle's
_Vanishing Languages_ in Salon.

James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
SLC, UT                        |it is that we will be sued
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                               |or slowly and cautiously.

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