What’s in a name (a post-9/11-anniversary reflection)

  What’s in a name? The word “liberal” is derived from the same root as the word “liberty.” The word “conservative” comes from the same root as the word “conservation.” “Democrat,” of course, is derived from “democracy,” meaning “rule by the people.” That’s using the Greek root “demos” for “the people.” “Republican” is derived from

Going… going… but not yet gone

I remember when “to discriminate” meant to distinguish fine degrees of difference, as in “a person of discriminating tastes.” I remember when “disrespect” was not a verb. I remember when “to grow”, as in “to increase in size” was intransitive and the only transitive meaning for “grow” was “cultivate” – as in oranges or daffodils,