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  1. d.
    d. at |

    … Agree with the exasperation of hearing mis-used words and phrases.

    … and agree that none of us may last the distance during this current election campaign.

    But one inaccurate use of a word that bugs me, and not only during election campaigns, is the use of ‘scapegoat’ when people mean ‘sacrificial lamb’. The ‘scapegoat’ actually gets to ESCAPE (hence its name) and it gets to run off anonymously into the desert or forest or bush or wherever it likes, with everyone’s sins on its head (therefore the sins ‘escape’ as well). This is not what is usually meant in today’s vernacular.

    d.

  2. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    Good point – the scapegoat is mightily abused vicariously by all and sundry, but it certainly gets to survive.

  3. Alice
    Alice at |

    Language Log had a good piece not long ago on “begging the question”: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2290. Highly entertaining reading for any language nerd (including me).

  4. Jonathan S
    Jonathan S at |

    Thank God! I thought I was like one of those old men who lament the passing of the subjunctive. I’ve heard any number of otherwise well read people, including literary editors, misuse the phrase, to the extent that I wouldn’t be surprised to see a dictionary allow that meaning. But that would mean the effective death of a useful concept.

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