Senator Hillary Clinton used a word recently that has been changing its meaning.She didn't "debase" or "misuse" the word, but "used" it. He notes that it's not her doing the changing but using a changing form. That's a full-stride step toward sanity in talking about language. Later comes the shocker:
When I looked up the word she chose in the Oxford English Dictionary online, however, I noted that the meaning of misogynist had changed slightly but significantly. In 1989, the definition was “hatred of women”; in the 2002 revision, the definition was broadened to “hatred or dislike of, or prejudice against women.”I never, ever though Safire would have somebody actually check facts (yeah, I know, but I mean really check facts), let alone do it himself. That he'd do it online, well, I'm floored. I would have figured he wouldn't mock the notion of a woman running for president; the rest is gravy.
You would say that pigs are flying somewhere, but southern Wisconsin is being swept by so many tornadoes and dangerously high winds at this moment that it's probably literally true.