Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 16:06:14 -0500 From: "Suzanne Legault: English" 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.