‘Existential’? — Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment

The man from Old Blighty (say “Hunnick”) learning a new word:

Not long ago, we had a Swedish schoolgirl explaining to us, in very stylish English, about Climate Change. Stylish … but one word grabbed my attention. She said the dangers were “existential”. That word has been around quite a time now; at first, it frightened me. When a new term becomes all the rage, and…

A man feels left out, you know. He did, then . . .

I’ve got it sussed. It is just another example of the modern dodge of choosing a fancy, upmarket-sounding, word to say something that was previously said rather more simply and prosaically, so that the speaker sounds either more like an Intellectual or more like a member of Society’s elite. It’s like ‘locate’

More more more here from an experienced word-merchant . . .  via ‘Existential’? — Fr Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment

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