let it be (acknowledging a word that shouldn’t be)

FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (August 31, 2013) comes this headline on page B1: “wwi N. Korea Disinvites U.S. Envoy Seeking To Free Bae.” Disinvites?!!? Wow! Did I cringe when reading that: what an ugly mangling of prefix and base. Unfortunately, Merriam-Webster Online verifies disinvite as a word: its definition is obvious and its first known use goes back to 1580. So, I cannot correct a grammatical gaffe today.

Fortunately, not only am I not acknowledging a word such as this, I am personally rejecting the word! So, I hereby swear NEVER to use disinvite in my writing except for satirical purposes. Like I would use another word that I love to loathe, ‘deplane.’

(If getting off of an airplane is deplaning, is getting onto an airplane planing? Is that a rhetorical question? What is a rhetorical question? See my next posting here at Strunkandwhiten It!)

Of course, if I disown the word disinvite, shouldn’t I disown the word disown? Rats! This is not how I wanted to start my typing day. I’ll just let it be by acknowledging a word that shouldn’t be!



HEADER IMAGE: The first time I flew I was scared spitless and E had to watch me down significant quantities of Jack Daniels just to board and once in my seat I was such a pain that a steward (apparently from de Bronx) came over and said, “Hey! Sit down in de seat or got off de plane!”