[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 216, Issue 27

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 16 22:03:40 UTC 2021

 «comprise» and «compose» are roughly reciprocals, not synonyms.

Wrong - They are synonyms    I am not sure what a reciprocal of compose or
comprise would be.   bill w

On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 4:58 PM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> 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.
> Ben
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