linguistic cleansing

carter pate (CPATE@UTCVM.BITNET)
Fri, 13 Jan 1995 10:07:32 EST

A loud BRAVO! for Warren Sproule's phrase "linguistic cleansing"!
There should be plenty of welcome for linguistic innovation, experimentation,
even persuasion. Perhaps even a bit of toleration for the enthusiasm of lingui
stic evangelism. But we need Sproule's phrase to remind us and others that we
are testing the boundaries of civil discourse when we demand only one use, one
definition, one word or one meaning. We should be entitled to express our pers
onal opinion (without exclusion) that such rhetoric is unwelcome.

By the way, I've discovered that "personipulation" has an attractive
alliterative sound, somewhat like "Peter Piper picked . . ." Unfortumately,
the "man" in it doesn't seem to refer to masculinity, but to the Latin
"manus" for hand.

Oh, well; there are lots more words to play with! --cpate