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  •  Lovely. I see this all the time... The Weakness of (5+ / 0-)

    language and grammar is the inexactness of connotative meanings. There is an self-published author I have read on Nook that constantly does the homophone error. He uses 'here' for 'hear' for example... It takes a a moment to catch it but it never fails to amuse me. If he had an editor they would proof read. Come to think of it I need an editor to proofread.

    Often I notice how in the end I find I actually agree with someone who has made an argument that at first blush pissed me off. The main reason we were at odds is that we misunderstood each other or saw different emphasis on parts of thier written words. Or even more frigging annoying is that they use a term I find perjorative and react to that term ignoring the rest of what they are saying.

    Anyway good diary. Been years since I took logic.

    Proud Slut...Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 03:23:11 PM PDT

    •  Indeed, one of the things about "natural" language (3+ / 0-)
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      ...is how form definitely does_not_ always follow function.

      Sure, we have declarations, questions, commands, & exclamations — but, that said, questions can be rhetorical, acting like declarations, or they can be polite ways of commanding someone to do something ("Why don't you tell me what's bothering you?"); commands can ask for information in the style of questions, lots of things can turn into exclamations, & so on...

      In logic, & philosophy in general, changing definitions or language-uses in mid-stream is not only bad form, but can_really_ make a mess out of things (& tends to indicate confused thinking at best, or at worst somebody trying to play a rhetorical "shell game" on you.)

      I guess that's why informal logic tends to come 1st in the textbooks — to make sure people get in the habit of stating their ideas clearly & precisely.

      Tell Congress: DON'T BREAK THE INTERNET! Learn about the OPEN Act.

      by Brown Thrasher on Wed Apr 04, 2012 at 07:06:30 PM PDT

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