Title: Names or terms
Creator: Walt Whitman
Whitman Archive ID: loc.05640
Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: Based on the handwriting, Edward Grier dates this manuscript to the 1850s (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 5:1664).
Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price
Words ^Names or terms get helplessly misapplied & wrench'd from their meanings—sometimes a great mistake is perpetuated in a word, (as the term calling the American aborigines Indians)—the mistake is rectified but the word remains, "Wench"