Clearing the Fog
in the
War of Words


  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



Fumble tongues

An afternoon of carpentry listening to NPR yielded these blended gems:

HIV discoverer Dr. Robert Gallo said “in those days we were working in unknown waters”.

Not long afterward, the Rev. Thomas Sullivan said Enron “whistle blower” Sherron Watkins “paid the cost”, (Talk of the Nation).

Surely it must be part of being culturally literate to be able to get clichés right.



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