Saturday, February 24, 2007
(7:45 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
If it was good enough for Wycliffe...It is my assertion that the thesaurus is the most deleterious reference volume ever devised. Supercilious wordsmiths acquisitive of notoreity for capacious lexicons cogitate upon thesauri, deploying locutions whose signification is superannuated at best and preposterous at worst. An injudicious cupidity for exactitude recoils upon the oblivious dilettante, engendering nebulae of Latinate verbiage uncongenial to the conveyance of rumination. In such connections, a canny scribe should optate in favor of availing himself of colloquial Anglo-Saxon nomenclature.
In short, Roget should be exhumed and posthumously burnt at the stake.