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Dictum One

As I gaze at my bibliophilic mass and scour through various references and guides, I’ve come upon a conundrum; a problem that supersedes the complexities of literary and moral universes; a quandary that has amazingly bypassed the slew of great minds that have slaved over hot pens, pencils and keyboards in the centuries before us.

How the hell did the people who composed the very first dictionary know they had it right the first time?!

That’s not a rhetorical question, dear readers! I need an answer! Our verbose lives depend on it!

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Best Quote of the Week – September 20, 2019

“Words can come and go in a language, but those that show staying power and increasing use need to be recorded and described.”

– A post on the Merriam-Webster website announcing the nonbinary pronoun “they” as an entry in its dictionary.

Merriam-Webster acknowledges that “they” has been used a singular pronoun consistently since the late 1300s.  The organization also notes it has evidence of the nonbinary “they” dating back to 1950, and that it’s likely there are earlier uses of the nonbinary pronoun.  Merriam-Webster’s latest batch of updates includes 533 new words and meanings.

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Wolf Words

Aside from publishing the best stories anyone could read, every good writer hopes to make a positive impact on language, usually the language in which they write, by doing what comes naturally to us: creating new words.  It’s not just a matter of adding words to the dictionary; it’s a matter of expanding the popular lexicon and encouraging others to think beyond what they learned in school.

Thus, The Chief is proud to announce that I have created 2 new words for the English language:

Complisult – a compliment that’s actually an insult.

Example: “That’s a beautiful outfit you’re wearing.  I had one just like it – YEARS ago!”

Insultiment – what sounds like an insult is actually a compliment.

Example: “Gosh, you look like death microwaved over.  I know you’re feeling better, though, so I’m happy for you.”

I’d love to hear everyone’s honest and constructively critical response!  What do you folks think?

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