[ExI] [Extropolis] Stanford link by Dan

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Tue May 11 15:52:51 UTC 2021

Anyone interested in word origins, as I am, and often goes to
https://www.etymonline.com/, and looks at the changes in meaning over the
centuries, knows that if you know Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes
(thousands of them) you often still can't figure a word out as to current
meaning.  Very often the word has morphed into something far from the
original meaning.  Words are slippery little devils, like the snails in
Pretty Woman.  You can tell somebody exactly what something means - now.
Next year?  Maybe.  John I don't get 'a little inaccuracy'.  bill w

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 10:44 AM John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 3:51 PM William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > That sort of article is what just about halted my investigations into
>> philosophy.  Unnecessarily verbose (to the point of logorrhea (a better
>> term than diarrhea of the mouth/brain) ), picky about definitions and yet
>> often vague  etc etc.
> A little inaccuracy saves tons of explanations. Before you tell me exactly
> what something always means first tell me approximately what it usually
> means.
>  John K Clark
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