Subject: Neologisms
From: Alun Whittaker <alun -at- CORTE-MADERA -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 1994 09:20:01 PST

Recently, I've noticed the increasing use of the word "closure" in
an emotional or psycho-babble sense meaning anything from "catharsis"
to "healing", "conciliation" to "forgiveness".

Until a few months ago, I don't believe that I had heard the word
other than in a strict mathematical usage or in a description of a
fastening on an item of clothing. Now it seems to be occuring
daily in political and social commentary and in artistic

Can anyone enlighten me whether "closure" has a real psycho-analytical
or psychiatric meaning (the M-W doesn't include one) and how the word
suddenly entered the media vocabulary.

Alun Whittaker
Schlumberger GeoQuest
Corte Madera, CA USA
alun -at- corte-madera -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com

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