Day: July 26, 2023

It’s Time to Call Out the Fops in Academia (Again)

In 1753, English writer Samuel Richardson has his main character proclaim, “Women must not encourage Fops and Fools. They must encourage Men of Sense only.” While “fool” belongs to most English speakers’ lexicon today, “fop” likely does not.  According to Google Ngram (below), “fop” has seen about a 95% decline in relative usage since its […]

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