Has the meaning of _apologist_ changed?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 19 06:09:54 UTC 2012

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM, Garson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Of course, many individuals concerned with verbal precision would reject using "apologist" as a synonym for
> "apologizer".

Clearly, such individuals are fighting a losing battle against
Tweedles both -Dum and -Dee. After all, the meaning of a word in a
language is controlled by the Yahoos among its speakers.

Prescriptivism sucks!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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