It's good to be back. Not being able to talk without coughing has been a good way to slow down and think some things through. (The cough's nearly gone, but it's slow work in this weather.) Looking at the mirror with the sort of expression my friendly sea lion shows in the photo has led to some thinking about this blog. Don't panic, I'm not going anywhere... but now I can write about what I'm thinking.
Why don't I write anything political? I've asked myself. Well, I've answered, in the past month or so, what isn't political?
There have been far too many times while I've been sick that I'd have screamed, if I could, at the language in the news. Newspeak, George Orwell's prophetic version of totalitarian language in his book "1984," is blooming all over Washington.
I'm heartened by the number of columnists, reporters and other analysts who are resisting the government's attempts to redefine lies as truth.
I'm in the back lines of the fight here. I'm not talking to news sources, but I'm writing to news consumers (that's you). "Words Worth Defending," one of the early categories for my writing here, now seems to apply to every word in the language.
If we don't have words -- and agree on their meanings -- we'll be helpless. I won't sit still for that.
So that's what I'm doing here... defending the English language.
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