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EvenSteven

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #750 on: November 14, 2018, 08:53:10 PM »
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The word "tireless" gets to me because I take it too literally. I saw a communication using the word "relentless" today and  I much preferred. Most "tireless" pursuits are not literally tireless -- people get tired but keep at it anyway. Relentlessly.

This word substitution is only sometimes appropriate. For instance a kayak is a tireless vehicle, but not necessarily relentless.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #751 on: November 15, 2018, 07:34:38 AM »
Not a word/phrase, but when I wear my lawyer cap I get a visceral reaction to missing Oxford commas.

Also i.e. and e.g. are not interchangeable.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #752 on: November 15, 2018, 10:50:49 AM »
Not a word/phrase, but when I wear my lawyer cap I get a visceral reaction to missing Oxford commas.

Also i.e. and e.g. are not interchangeable.

Ah, Oxford commas.  In the song black magic woman, is the woman black and magic, or is she a woman of unknown colour who practices black magic?

i.e. and e.g., I found this goodie
https://www.grammarly.com/blog/know-your-latin-i-e-vs-e-g/

I had to google SWAK.  Personally I like the Spinners and Weavers Association of Korea, for my area it could be Spinners and Weavers Association of Kingston.  ;-)

And of course as a biologist, my gut reaction is that Latin should be italicized, so they are not i.e. and e.g., they are i.e. and e.g.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #753 on: November 15, 2018, 06:09:06 PM »
Good point, EvenSteven. I don't have a problem with tireless objects, I have a problem with humans said to have tirelessly fought for a cause. In most every case, they were relentless in their endeavours despite being tired, even exhausted at times.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #754 on: November 15, 2018, 07:45:59 PM »
Good point, EvenSteven. I don't have a problem with tireless objects, I have a problem with humans said to have tirelessly fought for a cause. In most every case, they were relentless in their endeavours despite being tired, even exhausted at times.

He's trying to be funny punny?