LETTER: Isn’t it iconic?

IN A recent Newsmail, a regular writer deplored the ever increasing use of the word "iconic" and asked what does it actually mean?

I must admit that I have used it in the past in my letters to our local paper. It would be a derivative of "icon".

There are many words in our lexicology (written and oral), which could be replaced with a simpler word with the same meaning.  I have written in the past about the inventive swords and phrases used by politicians especially at election times.

Elephant in the room, the real kicker, incentivising, spend-o-meter, fiscal counteraction, crystal ball gazing, budget sabotage, women hold up the sky.

It will be a celebratory day when politicians return to normality in written and oral usage of our excellent English language, or is that a wish, which will not emanate?



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