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Sticks and Stones ...


Ralph G. Beaman


In years past, as a self-confidence morale booster, groups of people would coin derogatory names for those outside the group. Since dictionaries record the language, many of these opprobrious names and terms have become legitimate words. But what man puts in, man may take out. And, we say, modern society no longer tolerates these bastardizations. Logologists -- who is better equipped than you to revise the dictionary?