Sunday, October 24, 2004

Evolving language: icon

James Kilpatrick's language column this week deals with the changed meaning of the word "icon." No longer is it just a painting of a saint. It has come, to Kilpatrick's regret, to refer to any object of devotion: music icon Carole King, political icon Che Guevera, insurance icon AIG.

But he accepts that the meaning has morphed. I think we all should, too. (Of course, we probably already have.)


At 11:53 AM, October 24, 2004, Blogger Peter Fisk said...

OK, the "icon" battle is lost. But there's still time to save "diva" if we all work together.


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