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This week's theme: words about words.
verbigeration (vuhr-bij-uh-RAY-shun) noun
Obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases.
[From Latin verbigerare (to talk, chat), from verbum (word) + gerere (to carry on).]
"Some words are standard, but with a twist; some are liberated from
patriarchal prejudice and restored to archaic meanings; some are new
and sharp as an ungrateful crone, and a feast for (Mary) Daly familiars.
The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. -James Marston Fitch, historic preservationist (1909-2000)