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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 03:53 PM
Response to Reply #33
38. Language of any kind is imprecise,
and this is a truth even a fifth-grader can understand. But the imprecision of language is by no means an excuse to actively work toward MORE imprecise language.

Why? Well, maybe an example will help...

If I called you a "tedious motherfucker", you'd be offended. As well you should be. What happens then if I try to tell you that I meant "tedious" as "strong", and "motherfucker" as "debate opponent"? Am I allowed to use this imprecision of language to say whatever I want when I want and then redefine words after the fact to placate you?

And BTW: Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing because of the word "inflame". If you go back far enough, it IS logical.
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