I’m interested in understanding Geoffrey Nunberg’s assertion: “There’s no “correct” way to use “bloviate” –it was never a real word to begin with.”
Why does he claim that it was not a real word to begin with? Weren’t there many words “to begin with” that might be defined as, “not real words”, at their inchoate stage? Why is there no correct way to use the word? What about all these technological neologisms being spewed out and entered into dictionaries? Are they real words?
What say you?