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In the October issue of the Atlantic, a host of thinkers are asked, “What concept most needs a word in the English language?” Naturally, among the answerers was Lizzie Skurnick, author of That Should Be a Word, who has made a career out of pinpointing terms that should exist in our culture, but do not. (I like to imagine her reflecting on the holes in the lexicon, and in the work force, an
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