Language question.

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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Re: Language question.

Postby caramba » 01 Mar 2019, 09:26

The Modernist wrote:Well it's got me curious, I hope Robert publishes the whole thing on here when he's finished.
I want to know what happens to the proposition!


This would make you unique amongst BCBers.

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Re: Language question.

Postby Robert » 01 Mar 2019, 13:16

caramba wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Well it's got me curious, I hope Robert publishes the whole thing on here when he's finished.
I want to know what happens to the proposition!


This would make you unique amongst BCBers.



Now don't be modest, you are unique too!

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Re: Language question.

Postby caramba » 01 Mar 2019, 13:38

what did you go for in the end, R?

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Re: Language question.

Postby Robert » 01 Mar 2019, 14:06

caramba wrote:what did you go for in the end, R?



I chose for 'the crazy funky propositions' of course.

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Re: Language question.

Postby Graham Murakami » 02 Mar 2019, 14:27

Robert wrote:Thanks every one. I will settle for the 'only those with truly unique propositions'


That's just as bad. It is wrong for the same reasons as most unique would be. I think you mean uncommon and people reading that might think the writer isn't too bright.

However, maybe unique doesn't mean what it used to mean anymore and the language has evolved enough for it to mean rare as well as only occurring once. Some words seem to get less precise in meaning with time and the classical derivation of a word doesn't fix its meaning forever. Decimate is a good example of this.