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Friday, June 30, 2017


I don't think I've ever heard "sycophant" used in a way that suggested the speaker didn't know what it meant. I can understand a certain type of person who voices anti-Trump attitudes who in some ways is trying to kiss up to his/her friends who are also anti-Trump....but that's probably not what those people mean when they use the word.

"Misnomer" I don't recall having seen it used that way. However, I can see how someone might come to mistake the word for "myth." When something is misnamed, it's often misunderstood, and the misunderstanding is a "myth." Of course, that's "myth" in the sense of "something which people believe to be true but which is actually false." It's not "myth" in the sense of "a story, the elements of which may be true, false, analogical/metaphorical, or all three, and which people use to understand or explain their world."

"Mortify".....I think the use of the word you identify might very well become commonplace enough to become accepted, so that 10 or 20 years from now, it might not be incorrect (for certain values of "correct" and "incorrect") to use the word that way.

I gave up hope for American English as I watched the verb "impact" become a replacement for "affect." It used to be a verb you'd use once in a lifetime, typically resulting in the removal of wisdom teeth. Try listening to a 30-minute newscast without hearing it at least twice.

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