Economists talk about Gresham’s Law—in simple terms, bad money drives out good. When a country goes off the gold or silver standard in favor of paper money, many people hoard gold or silver coins. Which would excite you more, a shoebox full of paper money, or a handful of $20-gold pieces? For most of us, gold coins have more pizazz, more sparkle, and provide greater sensory pleasure.
So it is with words. When inferior language proliferates, it drives out the best. A […]