epigone

October 31, 2008 at 12:00 pm (Uncategorized)

epigone (n.) – follower, disciple

Etymology:
German, from Latin epigonus successor, from Greek epigonos, from epigignesthai to be born after, from epi- + gignesthai to be born

” To understand why this is important, you have only to accept the proposition that language is by its very nature public – i.e., that there is no such thing as private language – and then to observe the way Descriptives seem either ignorant of this fact or oblivious to its consequences, as in for example one Dr. Charles Fries’s introduction to an epigone of Webster’s Third called The American College Dictionary …”

Wallace, David Foster. “Authority and American Usage.” Consider the Lobster. New York: Back Bay Books, 2007. p 89.

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1 Comment

  1. anonymous2 said,

    *Descriptivists

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