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Author Topic: PA-a misnomer?  (Read 5233 times)

Walter Wright

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Re: PA-a misnomer?
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2008, 11:37:48 pm »

no argument, really, especially to your original point about the foolishness of just deciding that a word means what you want it to mean. unless it means the same thing to the people you're talking to, there's no communication. if i go around talking about my band's "sound system", other musicians and soundguys will think i'm an idiot.

likewise, confusing "their" and "they're" or saying "beg the question" when you mean "raise the question" are errors to be avoided, not new variations to the language.

the only thing about the dictionaries is that i dimly remember being taught that dictionaries are compiled over years of effort by gathering citations of usage for words or phrases, and then scrutinizing them for frequency and consistence and popularity of usage. in this way, dictionaries follow the language, rather than leading it. (for example, "ain't" is in fact in the dictionary!)
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