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195713Re: CHAT: Does etymology awareness affect your speech?

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  • Leonardo Castro
    Mar 19, 2013
      I vaguely remember a discussion about "monuments to ignorance" in this
      list some months ago. Was it about words that ended up with "wrong"
      conotations?

      Até mais!

      Leonardo


      2013/3/19 George Marques de Jesus <georgemjesus@...>:
      > I'm not sure about "speech", but about writing I usually stop many times to
      > check the dictionary and make sure that the word mean what I think it means.
      >
      > Knowing the origin of word is good to know the meaning of it and how and
      > when to use it, however we have to understand that language changes (and
      > what changes it are the people who speak it).
      >
      >
      > 2013/3/18 Roger Mills <romiltz@...>
      >
      >> Someone should go back to grade school ........
      >>
      >> --- On Mon, 3/18/13, Sam Stutter <samjjs89@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> From: Sam Stutter <samjjs89@...>
      >> Subject: Re: CHAT: Does etymology awareness affect your speech?
      >> To: CONLANG@...
      >> Date: Monday, March 18, 2013, 8:09 PM
      >>
      >> What's your opinion on the expression "could you borrow me a pencil"?
      >>
      >> On 18 Mar 2013, at 22:52, Matthew George <matt.msg@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> > I've begun to take care to keep certain kinds of multiple meanings
      >> > separate, and to eliminate them in some cases. I now dislike the use of
      >> > 'look' to refer to appearance or semblance as opposed to active sight,
      >> for
      >> > example. Sure, it results in fewer synonyms, but English is particularly
      >> > rich in them - possibly one of the few special features I value in it now
      >> > that I know more about the possibilities available.
      >> >
      >> > Matt G.
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      > --
      > ::. George Marques .::
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