The all-consuming problem of consumption
I BLAME the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The first two definitions are destroy or expend and spend wastefully. The OED knows both interpretations all too well – no edition of the world’s finest dictionary has ever made a profit in its 135-year history.
OED business manager memo to his 80 lexicographers: “Pls stop consuming (spending wastefully) my budget. U R consumed (destroyed & expended) by time-consuming word research. Simply look up all the words in a dictionary – duh!”
The lexicographers, who have the