The American way of life has killed the English language. If their is any disagreement, please see the above photo.
Yeah, that's what I thought. To explain further, can we all agree that "legendary" is definitely one the words that should NEVER describe a cheeseburger sub? Especially such a skanky one...? "Inedible" seems far better to me.
So why do they use this word? When truthfulness and accuracy are replaced by the plain and simple motive of peddling more of the same "cheaper and crappier than yesterday" product, there is no limit to the adjectives you can use. If it helps sell, then it is a proper description.
The questions that come to my mind are:
Can we really have any idea what a word really means when it describes both the above photo, and some of the amazing feats performed by heroes in WW2? Eyeshadow and a sunset? Sneakers and Mt. Everest?
A football player and Almighty God?
Don't we get much of our practical definition of words from everyday contextual usage? So how can we find our balance with "real" definitions to anchor our words when the practical usage has become so broad?
Oh, and the real big one...
can we do anything about it?
** Don't ask me how I got to the cheeseburger sub, but a special thanks goes out to my good buddy and fellow toast lover Mr. Smith, whose ponderings on book-buying led me to a small rant on the evils of dustjackets, which led to the evils of marketing in general. Who knows where we will be led next? I for one, am glad that I do not know...
Now off I go to comment on Sam's latest post, where I identified with the term "reflexive beast".
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