A blupete Essay

"Language:
Lexicographic v. Stipulative Meanings"

"Where nature's end of language is declined
And men talk only to conceal the mind."
[Edward Young (1683-1765): Love of Fame.]

"... the genius of the English language ... [is that it is not] periphrastic and literal ... [but rather it is] elliptical and idiomatic."
(William Hazlitt, "Mr. Horne Tooke," The Spirit of the Age.)

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