November 20th, 2006

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Link; eldering....

I can't use the word "recommend" about this story, which claims that "public scrambles for new ways to describe aging Americans"; I'm not sure what word I'd use for it if I had to describe it. I would certainly be interested in your reaction to it, and your comments. Its author (Linell Smith) would reserve the word "elder" for "a respected member of the governing body of a church or tribe" and says that "elderly" should never be used unless your intention is to describe someone as frail. It's at,0,7841710.story or .

Thanks to Margaret Carter for alerting me; thanks to dteleki and kmd for help getting the links right.