Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 12:34:17 -0400 From: "Dale F.Coye" Subject: new word? disconnect (noun) At a meeting held at the Carnegie Foundation last month, high-ranking educators from around the country were convened to discuss the future of the Foundation. Frank Newman, head of the Education Commission of the States said we should address the many "disconnects" which characterize education, for example disagreement over whether all children can learn at high levels. A disconnect is apparently something that people are not at all in agreement on, or on different wavelengths about. What amuses me about words like this is that I suspect many people in the room had never heard it used like this, but they immediately picked up on it and all started coming up with disconnects of their own, relishing this neologism as if it were an exotic condiment that made their idea tastier.