“Words should have clearly definable meanings.” – Confucius

“Men are nicotine-soaked, beer-besmirched, whisky-greased, red-eyed devils.” – Carrie Nation, American vandal and radical member of the temperance movement.

Carrie Nation was infamous for entering taverns and hacking up the bar with a hatchet, and in addition to being a moralizing harridan, she was a linguistic buffoon, since she apparently did not know the actual meaning of “temperance.” Given the fact that Carrie Nation was an ignorant Puritan zealot, I suggest that, were she alive today, she would be a political darling of the Tea Party.

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