On language

A couple of thoughts:

1. Where did the pejorative meaning of the term "womanizer" come from?  Bear with me if I sound a bit Carlin-esque, but the definition of the suffix "-ize" is "to treat in a certain way; to make into."

By definition, then, wouldn't a womanizer be someone who treats me like a woman?  After being with one, would I be *more* of a woman? 

Sign me up!  I mean, how and when did that term come to mean something bad?

2. A CEO I talked to this week told me that, despite his company's impressive revenues and growth, he and his business partner are hardly ever approached with takeover bids because of their reputation for being "cantankerously independent."

Needless to say, he was a very cool interview subject, even if it didn't provide the most juicy M&A story. "Cantankerously independent" seems like an awesome way to go about life in general.
By jason at 11:42 p.m. Sept. 13, 2008
I think a womanizer would be someone who turns things into woman. So I think a womanizer would either be someone who can train someone to act like a lady (think My Fair Lady) or have the ability to take a potato and make it into a woman.
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