JK Rowling and the Tweetstorm of Fire

JK Rowling has a problem with vocabulary. For someone who’s made a fortune writing words, she doesn’t really seem to fully grasp how words work.

You see, words define our worlds for us. If you don’t have a word for something, you can’t talk about it. And closely-related words, well-chosen, can give an entirely different meaning to a sentence. “Is there an afterlife?” is an entirely different question from “is there a heaven?” If your child says “I want a pet,” it’s not really the same thing as saying “I want a dog.” If two people in a conversation hear the same…