[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 216, Issue 27
ben at zaiboc.net
Thu Sep 16 21:55:38 UTC 2021
On 16/09/2021 19:50, Anton Sherwood wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 4:16 AM Anton Sherwood wrote:
>> You mean "composed".
>> «comprise» and «compose» are roughly reciprocals, not synonyms.
> On 2021-9-16 06:26, Dave Sill via extropy-chat wrote:
>> Let's not be grammar nazis. We all knew what John meant.
> I wrote the above not because John used the word (I'll usually let
> that go) but because he defended that usage by someone else.
> Yes, by all means let's use any old word that more or less resembles
> what we mean, everyone will know what we mean. We may as well say
> "give" when we mean "take", because context will prevent any
> confusion, right? Until there's a context in which two different
> meanings will fit, and we can't use words to distinguish between them
> because, hey, a dictionary says it's just fine to use them in either
> sense. Wouldn't want to be stuffy or anything.
To me, the point here is encapsulated by Anton's comment "you lost me
at...". I sympathise with that. Sloppy grammar betrays sloppy thinking,
and why waste your time on a sloppy thinker?
Bad grammar (and spelling, but that's another matter...) puts me off,
and I'm reluctant to spend time reading something written by someone who
seems semi-literate. Unless there's a compelling reason to read on (John
C Clark being a case in point), I often don't. I'm not a grammar nazi,
quite the opposite, I'm glad when people help me decide whether to spend
time reading what they write or not.
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