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February 8, 1965

To Have Been or Not to Have Been

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Garden City, NY

JAMA. 1965;191(6):504. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080060078024

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To the Editor:—  In lambasting "the use of incorrect (but correct-sounding) words," editorialist C.G.R. did just that by not wishing "to hypothecate that the latter fault was ever deliberate...." Dr. Gode of "Just Words" fame not so long ago devoted an entire passage trying to figure out what someone meant by "hypothecate." When Dr. Gode at the end was as far ahead as at the beginning, he threw in the towel in disgust and concluded, "I am certain he must have meant something!"

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