It's no secret that I've been hung up on power (it has to hurt to be felt) and the seven deadly sins (they are self-destructive) for some time. They're pretty constant themes and, while I've figured out, to my satisfaction, how the deadlies comes to be (from instinct) and work (as obsessions), power remains pretty much a conundrum, maybe because in so many of its forms (electric, automotive, instructive) it seems positive.
So, in the last few days, the brain has come up with a combo and decided that power lust or the lust (one of the deadlies) for power is what makes power wrong. The power luster is the guy (or gal) we have to be wary of. And power lusters in public office have to be replaced.
That calls for a slogan. Right?
How to oppose a luster? Why, with a duster, of course. If power lusters are to be replaced, what better than to bring in a power duster.
So, I went to the Google to see if "power duster" is trade marked and discovered that power dusters are pretty common not just as cleaning machines, but as dispersers of insecticide. And helpful Miriam Webster has a definition.
That's where the LOLs come in.
"this word doesn't usually appear in our free dictionary"Who knew the dictionary was suddenly a commodity?
And a "free trial?" Now, there's a euphemism that might be worth reconsidering. "Free trial offer" was bad enough, but the short form is not likely to induce much custom.
Who needs three hundred thousand more words? Nobody is my guess. But, it also turns out nobody is quite sure how many words we even use in everyday speech. A safe number seems to be 2500, in English. Navaho requires more.
For everyday conversational needs, you need about 2500 words to communicate effectively in a wide range of social and practical situations. You can make yourself understood with many fewer words than that, but you would have a hard time if you knew less than 1500 words, because communication is always two-way - you wouldn't understand what the other person was saying back to you.Not understanding what people are saying back to you is a big problem we are all beginning to recognize. But, that's not a matter of vocabulary; that's the result of people being deceptive with half truths and other prevarications.
I almost wrote pervericate, as in perverse, but that's not a word. Like deprivator is not a word, either. But, I'm going to continue to use it. How can we have deprivation of rights without an agent of that deprivation?
Perhaps not having a word for the deprivators accounts for having so many of them around.
"In the beginning was the word." You gotta name it to know it.
Sorry. The promised LOLs evaporated. "Free trial" tickled my funny bone.
Hey Chris Christie, have I got a free trial for you.