Re: Neologisms

Subject: Re: Neologisms
From: Robert Bononno <bononno -at- ACF2 -dot- NYU -dot- EDU>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 1994 21:49:07 -0500


Lit-critters and art-critters have been using it for years, particulary
those with decon tendencies. Personally I think it's an evasive maneuver
to avoid saying what they really mean. It's jargon and it gets on my
nerves a bit the same way using "to impact" does.

Robert Bononno

On Wed, 2 Mar 1994, Alun Whittaker wrote:

> 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
> criticism.

> 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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