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A matter of semantics
Here are a few of the words being tracked by the editors of The American Heritage Dictionary, published by Houghton Mifflin, A new word that exhibits sustained use may eventually make its way into the dictionary. The information below represents the first stage of research, not the final product.
For many members of Congress this year, the motto is “Take the money and don't run”
A nation of emigrants faces the challenge of immigration
For reasons rooted in the values of contemporary culture, the concept of shame had until recently all but vanished from discussions of emotional disarray. Now it is regarded by many psychologists as the preeminent cause of emotional distress in our time
She had rarely been sick, and never since she married. And now, also uncharacteristically she began to feel sorry for herself