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I can think of no more potent objection to such inclusive use of the term degenerate, than the fact that Lombroso includes, under the signs of degeneration, the enormous development of the cerebral speech-area in the case of an accomplished orator.
The word degenerate has appeared in 43 New York Times articles in the past year, including on June 25 in Sit Up Straight.
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Someone you call a degenerate and a slut who uses and discards people like Kleenex?
As long as we persist in reducing any debate about immediacy and complexity to an argument over populism and elitism, though, that debate will continue to degenerate from a discussion of aesthetics to a political struggle between Populists and Elitists, each seeking to impose their view on How Writing Is Done.
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