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by Phil White
Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:57 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 5298

Item 2

For pity's sake, Louis, name any one of the above who proposed any such nonsense!
by Phil White
Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: mm and mL a wet question
Replies: 6
Views: 2396

mm and mL a wet question

And in Germany, it falls in litres (per square metre).
by Phil White
Thu Feb 10, 2005 5:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 5298

Item 2

Louis. It forced me to do something I should have done long ago, namely to think about the word itself, how I understand it, how and when I use it, the semantic space it occupies and the circumstances in which it occupies a different semantic space. I was fortunate to have the springboard available ...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:30 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Item 2
Replies: 22
Views: 5298

Item 2

I see no need whatsoever to redefine in different terms what good linguists (and indeed good poets) have been aware of and have discussed for years. To redefine an existing and more or less understood concept in terms that the majority of people no longer understand or grasp intuitively is the stock...
by Phil White
Thu Feb 10, 2005 4:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: TSA
Replies: 5
Views: 1786

TSA

Whatever it is, it's a TLA.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:05 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Item
Replies: 3
Views: 1812

Item

Louis,
The reference is to the "Racial and Religious Tolerance Act" in force in Victoria. There is information enough dotted around the Web.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:58 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7104

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Yes, I was fully aware of that "meaning" of "Bedeutung", but it was outside the scope of the comparison. And the translation relies on that additional meaning of "Bedeutung", with the result that the intended meaning of the statement is lost. I was involved in a machine translation project about 12 ...
by Phil White
Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7104

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

What really interests me is that I actually had to detour through German before I was able to verbalize the thought properly. Food for thought for the proponents of the strong Sapir-Whorff hypothesis.
by Phil White
Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7104

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Louis, Believe it or not, I have a serious interest in the issue, and it has left me little rest over the past couple of days. I mean it! Driving home last night, I was thinking that it is patently obvious that Louis is right. Words indeed have no meaning, because meaning implies volition. It also o...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Me myself personally.
Replies: 4
Views: 3030

Me myself personally.

Oh, well done! I'd been racking my brains and those of a few colleagues to pin down where I'd heard that usage. Somebody does appear to have researched it systematically: In rural areas the reflexive version of pronouns is often used for emphasis or to refer indirectly to a particular person, etc., ...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:41 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’
Replies: 20
Views: 7104

number agreement, synesis, and the singular ‘their’

Ken, You are absolutely right. I was considering qualifying the statement when I wrote it, but I let it stand. A large proportion of "meaning" is always inherent in the words used to convey the meaning, provided that there is consensus, and much of the discussion on Wordwizard is devoted to identify...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Me myself personally.
Replies: 4
Views: 3030

Me myself personally.

Bob, There's one discussion under http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?t=8464&SearchTerms=myself. It struck me as being a little thin for a topic which bothers a lot of people, so here are a few ideas from me. The only uses generally accepted by grammarians are: - The genuine reflexive ("I...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16299

couples

I think that much of this discussion relates back to some discussions we had a while ago (deconstruction etc.). In no situation would the primary meaning be in any way unclear, whatever pronoun were used. However, in any statement, there are several layers of meaning which are taken away by the list...
by Phil White
Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: one-handed literature
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

one-handed literature

Mr. T, I tracked down a couple of seemingly reliable sites which appear to support the idea that the phrase in one form or another originates from Rousseau: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/17015 http://www.vqronline.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/8991 http://www.oup.co.uk/pdf/0-19-925426-5.pdf The last su...
by Phil White
Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: couples
Replies: 39
Views: 16299

couples

"Their" in all cases. Certainly in the UK, this particular synesis has been perfectly acceptable in spoken English for many decades, probably even longer, and it has become pretty well fully accepted even in formal writing.