I was a junior in high school when I got to know Lt. Gov. T. John Lesinski of Michigan
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In my next life, I'd consider being a lexicographer


Words have always fascinated me.  I remember paging through the big, old Webster's dictionary in my grade school searching the pages for different words and I'd try to use them when I got home.

This interest in words stayed with me through a career in journalism and then political staff work where I always got involved in writing something.  I even loved watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding where a common focus was how many words started with the Greeks.

Then I read this article in the New York Times about the headquarters for Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and how they have professional lexicographers who do nothing but work with words in all their various aspects.  

Donald Trump thinks he has power.  Go to Merriam-Webster's website and watch the video on "serial commas."  How many arguments have been started about whether you should use it?  

Think of how words and their changing use has affected our culture.  Through the years the meaning of a word can change completely.