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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 • Posted January 14, 2009


That’s a new one.

Interesting…but incorrect (so far).

The word appeared on a church sign welcoming “reunioners” to a family reunion.


If this word was correct it would sure change things.

All events we attend would automatically identify us.






Baby shower-er.

Or even more confusing.

Attend a play.

You become a player.

Watch a heavyweight boxer.

Makes you a fighter.

If you attend school, you’re a schooler.

Go to the Mason Opry at Odeon Theatre.

You’re an opryer.

What fun we have with the English language.

And it keeps changing.

Flip through trusty Webster and you’ll see.

Many a word comes from somewhere else originally.

Malaise. Malaria.

French. Italian.

Play the piano in your pajamas out on the patio.

Italian. Hindi. Spanish.

Got a kink in your neck?

Scandinavian. German.

Time to rotate the cattle.

Latin. Anglo-French.

Flexibility and new words define English.

Which is why it’s still around.

History proves civilizations die if the language dies.


We wouldn’t want that to happen.

So keep talking.

And adding words.

Internet. Website.

Text messaging..

Internist. Interrobang.

Intestinal fortitude.

Cosmic rays.



And plenty more where those came from.

That’s no jive.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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