“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. (first published Mar 03, 2013)
That’s why we have copy editors, who serve as the last line of defense against muddled meanings. And it’s why we have style books 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
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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