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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-11 12:15 AM
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31. Fine points of definition...
does the use of "civil war" instead of "uprising" really mean that much, in an otherwise straightforward statement of fact? I'm not sure of the significance of the two words in Venezuela, or whether the linguistic choices available to Chavez had an offering with the sense of what signifies "uprising" in English, which could have then been passed over as a slight against the Libyan efforts. You see what I mean about the difficulties of translation. Were it spoken aloud, tone of voice could have told all, or bent the statement toward any number of meanings, but we don't have that luxury.

I'm more prone (in our text-ridden world) to simple literalism when looking for the meanings of writing. A statement of fact is sometimes just a statement of fact; nuances translate poorly and are as likely to be in the mind of the reader as in the mind of the writer.
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