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S.I. Hayakawa, 'Language in Thought and Action,' published 1949
S.I. Hayakawa, "Language in Thought and Action," published 1949

Wikipedia: "Professionally, Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1906-1992) was a linguist, psychologist, semanticist, teacher, and writer. He served as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin from 1936 to 1939 and at the Armour Institute of Technology (Illinois Institute of Technologies after 1940) from 1939 to 1948.

His first book on semantics, "Language in Thought and Action," expanded its forerunner (and Book-of-the-Month Clubselection) "Language in Action," written from 1938 to 941.

With five editions from 1949-1991, "Language in Thought and Action" helped to popularize Alfred Korzybski's general semantics and semantics in general, . . ."

Hayakawa later served as president of San Francisco University (1968-1973) and a U.S. Senator from California (1977-1983). 
'Language in Thought and Action' signed by the  author, Dr. S.I. Hayakawa, 1950
"Language in Thought and Action" signed by the author, Dr. S.I. Hayakawa, 1950

On 30 May 1950, in a seminar room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, S.I. Hayakawa talked about his recent book. with Carol Jean Wehrwein, Roy Ricard Thomas, and a half dozen other undergraduates. 
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) member, International Society for General Semantics
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) member, International Society for General Semantics

Carol joined the Society and was an avid reader of its journal, "ETC: A Review of General Semantics."

". . . And Lingo Was Their Game-O," by J.J. McCoy (Washington "Post," March 13, 2003):

In a spartanly furnished classroom of the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center, three stories below the National Mall in D.C., conspirators are hard at work.

They're conjuring up words. They'd like nothing better than to invent them, then sit back and listen to the rest of us use them. They want this so much that each has given up five hours of a Saturday and paid upward of $120 to hear Erin McKean, the 31-year-old senior editor for Oxford University Press's American English dictionaries, talk about the life and death of language. She discusses the birth of "bling-bling," "soccer moms" and "reality TV," just a few of the phrases that have slipped into American vernacular in recent years. . . .

The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary is considered the most comprehensive reference for the English language. The company's two-volume Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (SOED), released last fall, saw fit to include 3,500 new words by using its '5 by 5 by 5' rule: five examples in five printed sources over five years. . . .

[Among the attendees:) At ages 76 and 73, respectively, Roy and Carol Thomas of Montgomery County share a mutual interest in language and opsimathy (from 1656, learning acquired late in life). A retired high school librarian who teaches English as a second language at Montgomery College, Carol is driven to bruxism (grinding of teeth) at the thought of the word "tasked," cited by Oxford back in 1828. . . ." 

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