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Posted: 24 March 2011 03:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Oecolampadius - 23 March 2011 07:37 AM

If someone says “he flaunted the law,” everyone knows what is being said. There is no confusion, no misunderstanding.

Well, I wouldn’t. When I read that, I was stuck with an image of a guy with the Wisconsin State Code in his hands, waving it over his head and laughing. Then, I thought of the possible misuse.

It’s easy enough to say that one would not understand what was meant when faced with a snippet like “He flaunted the law,” but when seen in full context it gets a little harder.  Try “He flaunted the law by driving at reckless speeds through a school zone.”

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Posted: 24 March 2011 07:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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My objections are centered mostly on professional writers who use what to them are new words, without bothering to find out what they mean to people who’ve used them before. In a professional writer, that’s slipshod work, for which there’s never any excuse

Ah, in that case we are in complete agreement.

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