Monday, May 19, 2014
Citations for verbicide
Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide--that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life--are alike forbidden.
Men often commit verbicide because they want to snatch a word as a party banner, to appropriate its 'selling quality'.
Origin of verbicide
Verbicide joins a variant of the Latin verbum, meaning "word," with -cide, a suffix used in the formation of compound words that means "killer" or "act of killing."