Trudgill in Vocabula

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jun 16 21:46:44 UTC 2003

At 04:30 PM 6/16/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>That a U.S. presidential candidate can cry Is our children learning, an
>admired basketball star can use the word conversate, a well-known college
>can say vociferous when he means voracious, and another can scold a student
>for using the word juggernaut because she believes it means jigaboo is
>disturbing. The Vocabula Review strives to combat the degradation of our

"Conversate" is a perfectly good back-formation from "conversation" and is
common in the Black English-speaking community (and spreading to other
speech communities as well).  To lump it together with inept rhetorical
style and (admittedly) confused lexical items is hardly to make a case for
the degradation of "our" language.

BTW, who _are_ the owners of "our" language?

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