"Our lack of constant awareness has also permitted us to accept definitions of freedom that are not necessarily consistent with the actuality of being free. Because we have learned to confuse the word with the reality the word seeks to describe, our vocabulary has become riddled with distorted and contradictory meanings smuggled into the language."
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Butler D. Shaffer
Professor, Southwestern University School of Law
Source:
Calculated Chaos, 1985
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This is so true. I am a writer and it used to really bother me to hear people, in general, misuse the English language. Then, in a lot of aspects, it became more common/wide spread. It was like an itch I couldn't scratch. Acceptance and tolerance became my tutors. The proper use of any language is paramount in communication. Language in print... there's another ball of wax.
 -- Me Again     
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    "The battle for the world is the battle for definitions." -- Thomas Szasz
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    The intentional distortions used are to gain control of people and governments. The greatest misuse of words in the U.S. is calling our Republic a democracy. Republic = rule by law; democracy = rule by majority.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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     -- Anonymous      
    The United States is NOT a democracy. It is an assembly of free and sovereign states populated by free and sovereign individuals. Calling it a democracy is a perversion of the Constitution. End the Fed, Restore the Republic.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    The concept of individual sovereignty in a representative republic is totally lost today as no words come near defining a rule of law liberty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Precisely.
     -- A.WOODS, Gloucester     
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