Ameliorated words of offensive origin

Robert Hartwell Fiske Vocabula at AOL.COM
Thu Mar 1 22:43:18 UTC 2001

"Hecticity" was mentioned some days ago on this list. Only now am I reminded
that "hectic" once was much used to mean feverish, consumptive. Surely, its
nearly exclusive sense today of characterized by confusion or haste is some,
perhaps slight, amelioration.

Robert Hartwell Fiske

The Vocabula Review

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