Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 16:06:14 -0500
From: "Suzanne Legault: English" E7E4LEG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TOE.TOWSON.EDU
Subject: Re: Th Power of Words
On Nov. 13, Beverly Dumas wrote:
Just now I picked up the business card the new owner handed me. It
introduces her as "Jennifer Thacker, Esthetician."
I REALLY do not know whether I can go back!
Outlandish as it may seem, it's echt-American; in fact, I first used it as
an exam item in American English in '77. (Quit subtracting!) I had found it,
honest-to-god, in a Yellow Pages ad under "Beauty." It was even more florid in
context, as I recall--something along the lines of "Institute of Cosmetolgy"
where one could train to become a licensed "esthetician." My intent was to test
reading of the Pyles and Marckwardt texts I was then using, each of which
discussed verbal inflation as a hallmark of a distinctively "American" style.
As a closet classicist (who prefers eating in English to starving in Greek),
may I urge B.D. to return to the nail-competent J., who is doing her part,
albeit unwittingly, to prove that Greek and Latin still live.