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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 03:29 PM
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33. HEHE. Boy! We're really getting into it now! This is so much fun!
I posted two diametrically opposed definitions because those two diametrically opposed definitions are BOTH widely accepted meanings. BOTH are found in any number of authoritative dictionaries. English is both confused and confusing, and the people who use it are both confused and confusing.

Are you arguing that words in English have some deep intrinsic meaning and that all other uses of those words are wrong?

If not, exactly WHAT determines the meaning of a word?

And how can "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing! AAAARRRGH! English is not logical. It does not compute. Well, that's right. English is NOT logical. It doesn't have to be. And "atheist" CAN, and DOES mean two diametrically opposed things. That's a feature of the language, and one of the many reasons why English-speakers can arrive at some of the muddle-headed conclusions they seem capable of reaching. People use the language illogically so illogic is the natural consequence.

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