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Romance with Two Words

Romance with Two Words Deena Khatkhate WHEN words become non-words, the world degenerates into a bedlam. George Orwell, the master of English prose, discovered the joy of words, their sound and association, and used that facility with words to "face the unpleasant''. Politicians in all climes and places may not have Orwell's command of words but they are skilled enough to twist words out of shape and substance when faced with unpleasant facts. Look at what has happened to that unhappy word, 'liberal' in today's America. It has become an abuse, a dirty word, as if it stood for some child molester or criminal or traitor. A grammarian will tell you that a 'liberal' is an adjective describing representational form of government rather than an aristocracy or monarchy assuring maximum individual freedom possible in civil society with respect to matters of personal beliefs and expression. Adam Smith; Hobbes, Hume, J S Mill and all those hedonistic philosophers would turn in their graves if they knew that that king of malapropism, mauler of grammar and mangier of sentences, George Bush, who has just won the race for the presidency of the United States of America, uses liberal as a synonym for one who resorts to government action to help the individual to satisfy his needs.

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