My eighth grade English teacher, Mrs. Lauer, defined a purist as “one who is preoccupied with the correctness of language.” I wrote it down because I realized then what I was — a purist. Words have meanings and they should be used correctly. So I rarely miss an opportunity to “mentor” someone who has mutilated a word meaning (this might explain why no one comes to visit me anymore).
Anyway, let me give you an example. Last summer I stopped at a fast-food restaurant to get a di