It is unsettling to learn that Gov. Brownback has coined a new phrase, “pay fors” to describe the budgetary conundrums he has created for Kansas.
Though the English language has over a million words available, he created this awkward neologism. When speaking of the consequences of decreased state revenue, are the words “shortfalls,” “gaps” or “deficits” too negative or too embarrassing for him to say?
This is a not a good example for Kansas students. If they do not know or cannot find an appropriate word in their vocabulary, are they now allowed to create and use a sentence fragment instead?