Vanishing Landmarks

Vanishing Landmarks

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"[...]a very democratic family; but it was not a democracy. My father managed that household. In very recent years we have been using the word "democracy" when we have meant "republic." This flippant and unscientific manner of speaking tends to lax thinking, and is fraught with danger. A good illustration of careless diction is found in the old story that Noah Webster was once overtaken by his wife while kissing the maid. She exclaimed: "I am surprised!" Whereupon the great lexicographer rebuked her thus: "My dear Mrs. Webster, when will you learn to use the English language correctly? You are astonished. I'm surprised." It is a well known fact that the meaning of words change with usage. Some recent editions of even the best dictionaries give democracy substantially the same definition as republic. They define a republic as a "representative[...]."
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 209g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507534442
  • 9781507534441