[Ads-l] Words Gone Wild

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Sep 29 16:33:59 UTC 2015

The conspiracy on the part of "descendant" to usurp the place held by right
by "ancestor" has had at least early success.

Now "defraud" is attempting a coup against "deceive".

*Petition to President Obama and the Department of Justice:*
*“Prosecute ExxonMobil for its 20 year campaign to knowingly defraud the
American public about the danger posed by fossil fuels and climate change.”
And "benefactor" is putting "beneficiary" on the defensive.
You have been selected as recipient/benefactor for $5Million Dollars

Where will it all end?  What will be the next hard-working word to find the
lock changed on the door?
GAT (dismayed)

George A. Thompson
The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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