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Manuscript Title

Sick and Tired

Publication Date

10-1-1970

Abstract

Recently one of our sprightliest columnists wrote an entertaining article on things that people were "sick and tired" of hearing. For a final example, as a sort of climax, he said: "I am sick and tired of the attempt to eliminate the word 'now' from the English language. On radio, on television, and in the press there seems to be a conspiracy to wipe out this wonderfully short and to-the-point word meaning 'at this very instant.' The most common substitute is the word 'presently,' which doesn't even mean 'now,' but 'soon,' as everybody with a second-grade education used to know. But does that keep these halfwitted radio people from saying, 'The temperature outside our studio is presently 67 degrees'? It does not." (1)

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