Tuesday, 09 October, 2001

Permanentize?

Listening to the news on the way home from work this evening, I heard one of our Senators use the non-word "permanentize," as in "We need to permanentize that arrangement."  She was talking about the Federal government taking over airport security.  Rather than "We need to make that arrangement permanent."  I guess then to make something temporary we'll temporatize it.  Come on.  "Permanentize?"  That's worse than the recent use of "office" as a verb, as in "I office in the west wing."  I'm hardly a language purist, and I understand that the English language should evolve, but let's use a little restraint, huh, lest we permanentize some serious ugliness.