” Words take on many different meanings. “


” All words have life cycles. “


” If words are doing their job, then their novelty will not be the most noticeable thing about them. “


” I think we would all like to believe that every new event demands a new word. But we’re environmentally conscious with our words. We recycle words we’ve got. “


” Writers who hedge their use of unfamiliar, infrequent, or informal words with ‘I know that’s not a real word,’ hoping to distance themselves from criticism, run the risk of creating doubt where perhaps none would have naturally arisen. “


” There are hundreds of thousands of words that aren’t in any print dictionary today… because there’s no space for all of them. “


” Almost any word can be drafted to serve as a verb, even words we think of as eternal and unchanging, stuck in their more traditional roles. “


” Objections to verbification in English tend to be motivated by personal taste, not clarity. Verbed words are usually easily understood. When a word like ‘friend’ is declared not a verb, the problem isn’t that it’s confusing, it’s that the protester finds it deeply annoying. “



All 8 Erin McKean Quotes about Words in picture


Words take on many different meanings.
All words have life cycles.


If words are doing their job, then their novelty will not be the most noticeable thing about them.
I think we would all like to believe that every new event demands a new word. But we
Writers who hedge their use of unfamiliar, infrequent, or informal words with
There are hundreds of thousands of words that aren
Almost any word can be drafted to serve as a verb, even words we think of as eternal and unchanging, stuck in their more traditional roles.
Objections to verbification in English tend to be motivated by personal taste, not clarity. Verbed words are usually easily understood. When a word like
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