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by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard
Replies: 35
Views: 7213

General Semantics, postmodernism and Wordwizard

Louis recently wrote a response on the "Competence/Competency" thread in the "Usage and Writing" forum. Semanticly, putting something extra on a word every one uses for one thing, has to indicate something more. I will have to again lament the loss of "General Semantics" in our public dialog. August...
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 5:59 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2395

competence / competency

Loius,
I'm posting a response on a new thread in the "Word Origins and Meanings" category, but it may take me a while to compose it!
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7192

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

Does that mean that Wordwizard can finally afford to send Leif his prize?
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: commonwealth vs. state
Replies: 4
Views: 2187

commonwealth vs. state

I'm afraid I'll have to bat that one over the other side of the pond.
by Phil White
Fri Jan 07, 2005 12:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words
Replies: 11
Views: 7192

floccinaucinihilipilification and other long words

Ken, how do you pronounce it, please?
No, not FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, the one from ‘Ecclesiazusae’.
And was it 181 letters in the original Greek or only in transliteration?
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2395

competence / competency

Just talked about it to a colleague who distinguished in the same way I did without prompting. The problem is that we're probably both suffereing from interlingual interference, as the German Kompetenz has as its primary meaning something along the lines of "scope of responsibility", i.e. that which...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:45 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: commonwealth vs. state
Replies: 4
Views: 2187

commonwealth vs. state

Jason, The first non-archaic meaning of "commonwealth" given by the online Merriam-Webster (http://www.m-w.com) is a nation, state, or other political unit: as a : one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good b : one in which supreme authority is vest...
by Phil White
Thu Jan 06, 2005 3:12 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: competence / competency
Replies: 5
Views: 2395

competence / competency

I've always been a little befuddled by these two. Merriam-Webster gives competency as a synonym of competence , and the Shorter OED distributes the meanings over both spellings, but cross references each from the other. My gut-feeling is that in the two primary modern meanings of the word, competenc...
by Phil White
Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gut soup
Replies: 17
Views: 2133

gut soup

There is a meta-engine around which takes your query and sends it to all the major engines, collates and filters the results (for duplicates) and returns them.
http://www.dogpile.com
Seriously!
by Phil White
Tue Jan 04, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: notch up
Replies: 8
Views: 2424

notch up

WoZ,
Theoretically, you and Louis are clearly right (either that or "up" has a different meaning the other side of the equator...), but I found it most peculiar when I heard it from a British commentator.
by Phil White
Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: notch up
Replies: 8
Views: 2424

notch up

Ken, our posts, but in this case not our swords crossed.
by Phil White
Sun Jan 02, 2005 11:43 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: notch up
Replies: 8
Views: 2424

notch up

Quite so, quite so, Louis. But leaving pomobabble aside for a moment, is it not so that normal sentient speakers of the English language understand "notch up" in a positive sense and that the communicative act is undermined by using it in a negative sense (assuming that the commentator had not been ...
by Phil White
Sun Jan 02, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: notch up
Replies: 8
Views: 2424

notch up

On a commentary on Sumo wrestling tonight I heard "Miyabiyama notches up his fourth loss". Does this strike anyone else as strange? Surely one can only notch up positive things such as victories.
by Phil White
Sun Jan 02, 2005 3:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: cognates and loan words
Replies: 4
Views: 1945

cognates and loan words

Eric, One word of warning. If you're thinking of doing any research into the second German sound shift, don't do it on the Web! Your post made me nostalgic for my early studies, and I started looking on the Web for material on the sound shifts. Most of the material posted there is at best half-baked...