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

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