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The Narrowing of Words and the Widening of Minds


by Edwin E. Slosson - 1923

Recently a man asked me for a word. He had organized an association of persons qualified to engage in a certain field of research. He wanted to know what to call them. I could not give him the word. I do not think that the word he wanted is in the English dictionary, although among its 300,000 there are many words that are not so much needed. If he could have borrowed from the French he might have said “savants,” but we have no word in good usage to correspond to this. The French have a limited vocabulary and so cannot afford to wear out their words so fast as we do. They have to be economical in their language as in their cooking, therefore they are good cooks and good linguists.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 24 Number 3, 1923, p. 197-204
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 6066, Date Accessed: 8/15/2020 5:16:19 AM

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