Word Hunger

The other night, discussing some random news item with my wife, I said, “It’s a profligate use of resources.” She said, “A what?” I said, “Profligate. Excessive. Wasteful. Extravagant.” She said, “Why didn’t you just say so?” I said, “Because that took three words, instead of one.” She said, “Yes, but ordinary people don’t talk […]