Monday, November 20, 2006


"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it used."

- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Towne v. Eisner, 245 U.S. 418, 425 (1918).

hat tip:  Gertrude Block, Language Tips, 78 NY State Bar Assoc. Journal 61 (Nov./Dec. 2006).


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