Word choice and the theater of unintended meaning

University life resembles theater at times.

Whether that theater is tragedy, comedy or musical depends on the day and the room.

Somehow, though, I’d never thought of a State of the University Address as a performance.

Now that my interest is piqued, I can’t help but wonder just how the chancellor will perform her speech.

As an opera, perhaps? With a touch of Shakespeare? As a magic act?

While we’re waiting to find out, we can ponder the consequences of word choice.

But keep this in mind: All the world’s a page, and all the writers and editors merely word slayers. They have their nouns and their verbs, and one writer in his time has many bad starts.

Or something like that.

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