This is the manuscript blog; Best read in sequence so start with 1 and work your way through. Enjoy!
The words we use in everyday language did not arrive on earth pure and ready made. They have been ‘invented’ over the generations by certain people who need them and use them. The words that get into the dictionary – and shape the meanings for all the community – are those of public figures who give speeches and write books and articles and make pronouncements. Their words of approval and disapproval, of praise and scorn and fear and fantasy, are the ones that have endured in books and papers and official documents.
These words – and the way they are used – are quoted and recorded, and provide the definitions of meanings for the rest of us as well.