“Words,” we are fond of saying around here, “mean things.”
The inference is that those of us in the communications business should not toss the tools of our trade around carelessly; that we should respect their meaning and nuances, and use them precisely to express what we want to say.
That’s why we have copy editors, who serve as the last line of defense against muddled meanings. And it’s why we have stylebooks, which, among other things, delineate the consistency in how certain words and phrases should be employed.
I give you this background as a way of preparing the ground for some familiar words that you will shortly begin seeing used in unfamiliar ways.
The words are “husband” and “wife.” Click here to read the entire article