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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-15-10 04:13 PM
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41. well...
Edited on Wed Dec-15-10 04:14 PM by Speck Tater
if YOU want to redefine words don't expect common usage to agree with you.

And if I want to use common usage as my standard don't expect the rest of the world to bend to your wishes.

But the thing is, I am NOT defining the words, I am merely quoting the dictionary definitions which reflect common usage. My preferred definition is irrelevant. Your preferred definition is irrelevant. The only thing that is relevant is the dictionary because the dictionary is based on common usage. And the dictionary says the word has both meanings. And that should be the end of the discussion, because your preferences and my preferences do not matter to the compilers of the dictionaries.

And as an aside, the average Christian would probably disagree that the two definitions are different. From their perspective if you don't believe in their version of God then "you are a godless atheist and let's not quibble about what "atheist" means because we all know it means a godless heathen."

So the subtleties we are discussing are lost the average person anyway, which is exactly WHY the word can have two different definitions that intelligent people such as ourselves see as different but which average people don't see as different.

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