The growing use of reclamatory language is a splendid thing to see. Less splendid is the fact that people in positions of power now think they can use it.
Look, people, we need to have a talk. If I see one more person pulling the resort to dictionary move to bolster up an argument, I will flip a table. And nobody wants to see that, because I spend a fair amount of time around fragile little antique tables covered in fragile little expensive antique […]
Reclamatory language seems to tie people up in knots as they attempt to navigate the murky waters of words, who uses them, and how. I don’t blame people for being confused; language is constantly evolving and sometimes it feels like an ever-moving goalpost designed to trip people up, rather than a useful tool for describing […]
Today, I’d like to delve into an aspect of the discussion about language which I haven’t really talked about before, because I thought it was self evident. Only, as so often occurs when I make an assumption, I was wrong. There seems to be a profound lack of understanding about what reclamatory language is, how […]