The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #84262   Message #1558833
Posted By: s&r
08-Sep-05 - 04:46 AM
Thread Name: BS: Abuse of words
Subject: RE: BS: Abuse of words
McGrath is correct: rebut and refute have the same meaning. There is a separate legal meaning of rebuttal which could be (but isn't) replaced by refutation. Ref OED

My pet hates are dye-sect for dissect (short i) and one that is creeping in to UK announcers' vocabulary "Courter" for quarter (like the old semi French "kestionaire")