I have always understood why
French language purists objected to "Le Weekend" as a
description of their Samedi and Dimanche. I too would remove words
from the English language.
Very easy to think
of "Le Weekend" as being a victim of xenophobic impulse. A
foreign expression entering sacred texts. Then follows an
understanding of language as a moving part in culture. Something
that changes through time.
But what is the
excuse for the word 'metrics' so often heard during briefings by members
of both military and economic professions. When, I wonder, did
'metrics' leave poetry to join with the mathematics of killing and
Possibly the answer can be traced to
those moments of cultural stress that resulted so quickly in the word
'warrior' rejoining a panoply of goodness that once lay amongst the long
gone of medieval times. These days it is our 'warriors' do our killing
for us, no longer our 'citizen soldiers'. And somehow this reflects
the mind that can take 'metrics' from its home in poetry, by adding an 's'
to metric, and career to killing.
I know there is a quarrel here, because
'metric' is measurement and 'metrics' is measurements. But this
doesn't stop me from owning a sense of loss, a sense of a word stolen by the
inventors of 'sitrep' and 'GNP'.
However, in pursuit of that goal of
searching for words we can all agree should be removed from vocabulary, I
offer 'pinky' and 'lunch' and 'prosody'.