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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Public-squaring a circle


I cannot abide unethical use of language. And here is one that always bothers me: "public", and its clichéd extension "public square", to refer to extensions of federal government.

Did the Reagan Revolution teach you @#$%s nothing? "PUBLIC". DOES. NOT. MEAN. "GOVERNMENT". When a demagogue elides the two, that's when I reach for my revolver.

(The primal scream above was a paraphrase of Meg Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time, "equal does not mean alike". Good anti-totalitarian message by the way.)

P.S. and UPDATE 10/22/2009. "Public square" and "public option". Hoist. Petard.

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