More words and phrases that ought to be outlawed from the lexicon

“If you build it, they will come.” – Originally written by WP Kinsella in his best-selling novel, Shoeless Joe, and popularized in FIELD OF DREAMS, these six words have rationalized arts capital campaigns across the US, many of the fruits of which have predictably become money pits.

(The original quote was “If you build it, he will come,” and referred to the protagonist’s father. They had a catch.)

“Art for art’s sake” – coined in the 19th century to justify Aestheticism, in which art was thought to exist for the sake of its beauty alone, and that it need serve no other purpose.  Today used to justify programming for many arts organizations.

“Community” – here’s the OED definition.  Used by nonprofits in a mercurial manner to keep from describing the very people they wish to positively affect.


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