1. I spent many years in a prescriptivist newsroom, learning all sorts of false injunctions about what words were allowable and what words were not words, and what verbs could “never” be used as nouns, e.g., impact.

    Oddly enough, it was when I set out to be the best copyeditor I could be, that I learned just how wrong-headed some of my colleagues’ superstitions were. I don’t follow Language Log on a regular basis anymore, because those guys are just too prolific for me to keep up with them. But that’s one of the first places where I learned that there’s more to using words elegantly than the AP Stylebook would have us believe.

    • Hi, Kristen,
      You’re right, it’s not as cut-and-dried as some people would like to make it. Perhaps too much freedom makes them uncomfortable.
      But hey, I recognize your name! I put two books in the mail for you recently that you won in a drawing on Ralene Burke’s blog. I hope they arrive safely soon and that you love them, made-up words and all!

  2. Susie Klein says:

    I love this post! The constant coming and going of new words and ancient words is fascinating to me. Words are magical and so fun to play with! 

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