Robert K. Barnhart
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
The development of vocabulary has been compared to the tide. Words wash up and fade as activities of a society flow and then ebb, each tide reaching a high point in its generation, then subsiding into the oceanic swirl of language. Some words sink in the sand; others join the body of the language for an effect (foodie), for a generation (Savings Bond, McCarthyism), for a lifetime (H-bomb), for an age (acronym).
Robert K. Barnhart, American lexicographer, Dictionaries, 1995
Posted on May 15, 2000 at 6:39 PM