OPINION: Let's Kick This Around

In America, the Jesuit weekly, the Rev. Thurston N. Davis, S.J., last week wrote some testy words about the state of the American language. Father Davis was especially upset over linguistic corruption by advertising agencies:

"Here are a few samples of the verbal bacilli we take into our bloodstreams every day with the morning paper. A blimpwich is a monster Dagwood. Traxcavators are for the farm, exercycles for the form. Mistle toes are slippers. Ranchjamas and perma-sized skijamas are what you wear to bed. You also wear antsy pants . . ."

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