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The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“In the past decade the distinction between connotation and denotation has been blurred by politics. The definitions of words should not change with every shift in the winds of public sentiment. Our society has already suffered from four decades of Situational Ethics. Heaven help us in this new era of Situational Definitions. A rocket scientist or military engineer can teach you about Sympathetic Detonations, but it is 21st Century television commentators who have introduced us to the era of Sympathetic Denotations. We now live in an Orwellian world where a semi-auto rifle is arbitrarily called an “assault rifle” if it has black plastic furniture, where a standard capacity magazine is called a “high capacity” magazine, where the confiscation and redistribution of wealth is dubbed “fairness.” This also a new age when folks who are given free health care, HD televisions, free cell phones, and enough money to be able to afford air conditioning are deemed to be “living in poverty.” The fluidity of our language is evidence that America is sliding into oblivion. Hold fast to the true meaning of words and phrases, or we are doomed.” – James Wesley, Rawles [1]

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#1 Comment By wally On November 24, 2017 @ 7:35 pm

amen brother rawles…

#2 Comment By Gene Blister, Idaho On November 24, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?

In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.”

–George Orwell, 1984

#3 Comment By TheRecovering Feminist On November 25, 2017 @ 8:39 am

“Precision of language”
“The Giver”

Anyone else following Lindsay Shepherd and the Laurier situation? She has a lot of guts to defend what was the norm only a few years ago, yet, today it is a crime.

#4 Comment By Edward Kesler On November 25, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

Linguistic Dysphoria; When did ‘gender’ become accepted as a substitute for ‘sex’? Sex is determined by chromosomes. Gender is a grammatical construct for nouns and adjectives. Therefore, I would think that the discussion of sexual identity dysphoria is contrived and bogus.