Whose meaning is it anyway?*

“What’s the meaning of…” seems to be a perfectly innocent question. But language is never innocent, is it?    I give you exhibit A, the word white-shoe: According to The American Heritage, “white-shoe adj. Of or being a long-established business known for reputable service and a wealthy clientele: “took a job at… [a] pronouncedly white-shoe investment-banking firm” (Connie Bruck)”...Read More
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