Useta be the general state of affairs was, when people wanted to refer to the whole nine yards, they generally used the word ‘general’. (I think there were then “generic names” of drugs, and maybe a few other sorta generic things, but the term ‘generic’ wasn’t generally used too much, generically speaking.)
But now, everyone, from privates to generals, generically speaks of generally everything as specifically “generic”, according to my general recollection.
Is this state of affairs a general improvement. . .or just a generic shift in the use of suffixes?
I want a speciferal answer.
Ray (needs special treatment)