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  • Mary Jo Malo
    Feb 1, 2004
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      Thanks Ed.

      Mary Jo

      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, LeeEdgarTyler@a... wrote:
      > In a message dated 1/31/2004 9:30:56 PM Central Standard Time,
      > alcyon11@y... writes:
      >
      > Don't you think that people simply use the word "believe" when
      they
      > mean "think"? I'm sure it's careless, and I do it quite often. I
      > think that the chair will hold me, and I believe the chair will
      hold
      > me seem similar in meaning. When it comes to ideas and philosophy,
      if
      > we say we believe something is true, it seems to draw a negative
      > reaction. I get tired of using the same words, so I like to try
      what
      > I think/believe are words of similar meaning. When we say, such
      and
      > such, without the qualifier "I think" or "I believe" or "I feel
      > that", people think we're arrogant and stating a fact; when all
      we're
      > doing is stating an opinion. There's another one: "in my opinion".
      I
      > think if we put it in the context of what's being said, it
      shouldn't
      > be confusing. Am I assuming too much? I don't know.
      >
      > Mary Jo
      >
      > Reminds me of the old joke, "Everybody's got to believe in
      something and I
      > believe I'll have another beer."
      > IOW, you're not asuming too much at all. The word "believe" just
      has a
      > fairly broad semantic range and there is nothing at all careless
      about using it
      > as you do.
      > Ed Tyler
      >
      > http://hometown.aol.com/leeedgartyler/myhomepage/index.html
      >
      >
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