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April 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(17):1355. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530430039009

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There are, perhaps, few subjects so worthy of careful consideration, yet regarded with such cavalier indifference, as the value of the names manufactured from time to time by innumerable writers to escape a periphrasis. We are not now referring to a lack of philologic knowledge in the mere ignoring of purely technical rules of word formation, though that is bad enough, forcing into the vocabulary words that make one with a moderate knowledge of the science of language shudder, yet which when they become current coin of speech must be accepted. The artist does not refuse to accept a bank bill because its design is hopelessly devoid of artistic feeling, but it may be permitted him to sigh over and protest against it, and above all to use any influence he may possess to secure greater artistic merit for new bills when they shall be issued. We refer here, however,

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