Do you think the word “state” is attributive?
If you do believe that “state” can be used in a way to make the word “state” descriptive, then it can get complicated.
Because when the word “state” is attributive, “state” is a noun that modifies another noun and “state” is used as an adjective when “state” is used in the “attributive” sense.
The above is another example of the 21st century word corruption that often borders on insinuation and results in the following, which can use the word “state” in a way that accents the “talking points” by both sides of the political sphere.
For instance, in the 2017 political discourse the word “state” often has a nefarious meaning in conjunction with another word.
I can say, the “state” of corruption is like a swamp, it’s bottomless.
ORThe deep “state” has penetrated into every aspect of our lives.
Washington is in a “state” of frenzy because POTUS is constantly using his twitter feed to tell his followers the truth.
The value of words and the meanings attributed to words are now in flux.
In this 21st century the general public suffers with a form of word destruction and attribution that turns into “fake news” when put forth by a media dominated by journalists who have their own agendas.
For the moment, how to interpret a word like “state” depends on which side of the political sphere is using “state” as either the highest authority, or as something vicious and destructive.
Nevertheless, now the media uses it’s power as a fourth estate, and the word “state” is used to convey an agenda that is aimed at swaying public opinion.
I say, let’s get back to words & meanings that aren’t meant to sway, but to tell the facts in a dispassionate and truthful way.