"Correctitude implies nowadays a formal or fastidious use of words;
and what is wanted is not so much the correct as the living use of words.
It is the memory of the meaning of a word which is the life of the word."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
(1874-1936) British essayist, critic, poet, and novelist
Illustrated London News
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As used to enslave the people, words do not express the concepts, principles, or meanings they once did. The dumbing down of America was done in great part by eliminating the vocabulary of freedom.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    "Correctitude" is now the Politically Correct (PC). Living use of words means, for example, the 2nd Amendment used to say each of us has the right to own and carry guns, but now it means only some of us has that right and only if you jump thru hoops and regulations and aren't crazy and ...
     -- JOe, Rochester, MI     
    If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    This should be on the front page of every Eng.Lit paper. Memory and life are the key word here. Nothing should be written in concrete, nothing.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
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