Some words , I admit , I don’t like .
Some , maybe , I like more than others . Most though , I suppose , I take for granted and don’t have a strong feeling about one way or another . But there are some I just really don’t like . In English , American English , I’m talking about —- other languages I don’t know ; I’m not commenting on them . Maybe all of their words are just great , lyrical , expressive , non-ambiguously clear , whatever .
Well , first off , the definition is a little negative , a bit of a downer , isn’t it ? But , that’s not my point . That’s not why I don’t like raze . I don’t like raze ’cause it competes with raise . I know , I know , raze probably was there in the idiomocracy , the lingoscape , long before raise . Sounds like it was , anyway . Doesn’t it ? Raze . More Saxon-English sounding than raise . Raise is a lot more Frenchy-Norman English . Isn’t it ? [note: linguists are not welcome to offer an opinion —- too many facts spoil the bile; this is not a research paper , you know ] .
aside : Baseball coach whispers : ” Take the next pitch ” to me , the little league batter . That means don’t swing at it. I was nine years old . He said take so I took the pitch , I swung, and consequently got chewed out later by the coach . The other take , kid ! Wasn’t that clear ? No.
I say , if we gots a perfectly good word for something , then don’t use the same word for something completely different . Yeah , even if it’s spelled different . Even if it’s spelled differently too . How about , since this is a free country , we all choose one of the two words , the one that we all prefer ( all , of course , meaning the majority of the tiny fraction of us who vote ) , and throw the other one away ? Avoid confusion . Stomp, squish , squelch , and erase unneeded ambiguity . Have I razed your interest ?
Oh , yeah , there are other renegade words lurking out there in the wordosphere . Probably lots of them . Did you rent your garment ? Rent , as in tear apart ? Or , rent as in rent .
I just might go raze some money at the Santa Anita track now — the horses are racing — , or take a rest for the rest of the day on the veranda . Veranda’s a nice word , but maybe you prefer lanai . Or stoop . Or gallery . Use any one of these and the meaning is , always , at least , porch ; but not : garage , or dump truck , or respirator , or ranch , or cow , or table , or evil , or candle , or tear down , or tear up , or whatever .