With health care leading the fore of polite, impolite, and political debate, a troubling bit of diction has entered the lexicon: the living will.
The "living will" is a total misnomer. A will is a testamentary instrument. To say that it is "living" to me implies that the language involved is merely precatory and not testamentary, thereby rendering the instrument invalid. And every time I hear it discussed on the radio or TV I want to rip my eyes out...almost like the time my boyfriend said "irregardless."