Today on Leonard Lopate at Large, a lively discussion with author Diana Senechal on why words matter.
It’s hard to deny that the English language has become more lazy and frivolous in recent years. We rely on clichés to communicate feelings that are far removed from any deeper meaning. In a culture of “takeaways” and buzzwords, an individual needs vigilance and discipline to keep direct, expressive language alive.
In “Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies,” Diana Senechal examines words, concepts, and phrases that demand reappraisal. Targeting a variety of terms, the author contends that a “good fit” may not always be desirable; delivers a takedown of the adjective “toxic” and argues that “social justice” must take its place among other justices.