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A-Z of English language myths

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banivani Wed 04-Oct-17 11:22:00

New post from one of my fave bloggers. I wanted to share here, think a few people might enjoy it. smile

DadDadDad Wed 04-Oct-17 15:56:18

Good stuff - of course, there's things one might quibble with*, but actually his approach is sensible, reasoned and evidence-based. Breath of fresh air after those AIBU threads " find this grammar error annoying?" smile

Maybe reading that link should be required reading before anyone is permitted to post on one of those threads?

*example: "beg the question" - I think it is useful to be able to label the logical fallacy of assuming the truth of the thing you are trying to answer (I come from a Maths background where assuming the hypothesis is a trap to avoid), but fair enough, it's got a wider, looser usage, so will have to find another way to express the narrower idea.

banivani Wed 04-Oct-17 19:47:49

Yes I think you’re fighting a losing battle on beg the question, but it’s definitely a useful thing to have a name for. I often want to slam the AIBU people with this blog, generally, haha! I follow mostly to read about Irish English though.

DadDadDad Wed 04-Oct-17 22:25:31

I think my point on "beg the question" is that I don't see it as a battle. I don't "feel the rage" when I see people using it in the way that misses the more subtle usage. I just accept (maybe with a bit of sadness) that one sense has eroded, and that if I am going to communicate clearly to others, I need to use a different wording.

banivani Thu 05-Oct-17 09:41:50

Ah sorry, got you. I can relate to that, sorrow over a useful term that has been eroded into another meaning - at the same time, that does indicate that the other meaning needed a term, so also joy over the resourcefulness of language?

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