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Thread #84262 Message #1556446
Posted By: GUEST,Dáithí Ó Geanainn
05-Sep-05 - 07:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
Here's a couple more to share...
Refute - doesn't mean deny, but most journalists seem to think so.
Disinterested - means impartial, not "uninterested". Refereees/umpires SHOULD be disinterested in the game.
Very Comprehensive - like "unique", something is either comprehensive or it isn't.
And has anybody in the UK noted the increasing tendency to pronounce "sixth" as "sikth". Not from any speech impediment - even Jeremy Paxman (national TV news presenter) seems to have fallen into this one.
Of course, some would argue that the language is just developing and that words have always changed their meaning over the years. not to mention geographically.
"Momentarily" means either "in a moment" or "for a moment" depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on.
What japes, Pip!