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#199628 - 05/04/11 07:12 PM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: Candy]
obihave Offline
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Registered: 03/25/11
Posts: 39
Loc: Oregon
Originally Posted By: Candy


They are spelt differently wink


LOL! And dependable is worth more points in Scrabble.

Seriously, I think they have exactly the same meaning.

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#199629 - 05/04/11 10:11 PM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: obihave]
olly Offline
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Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 953
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Seems one may have been reliant on the other.

depend
early 15c., "to be attached to as a condition or cause," a figurative use, from M.Fr. dependre , lit. "to hang from, hang down," from L. dependere , from de- "from, down" + pendere "to hang, be suspended" (see pendant).

rely
early 14c., "to gather, assemble," from O.Fr. relier "fasten, attach, rally, oblige," from L. religare "fasten, bind fast," from re- , intensive prefix, + ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Sense of "depend, trust" is from 1570s, perhaps via notion of "rally to, fall back on."

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#199636 - 05/04/11 11:54 PM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: obihave]
Candy Offline
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Registered: 09/21/10
Posts: 1705
Loc: down under
Originally Posted By: obihave
Originally Posted By: Candy

.....

LOL!


Thanks OB Its good know someone appreciates me jokes laugh

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#199644 - 05/05/11 02:54 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: Candy]
Tromboniator Offline
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Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Alaska
I would have laughed, but I was gone for a…spell.

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#199653 - 05/05/11 11:06 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: Tromboniator]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6041
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
But you are back now.
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#199764 - 05/11/11 03:41 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: tcolling]
JonRichfield Offline
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Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 8
Loc: South Africa
Hmmmm... I am new here; I thought I had answered, but if so my immortal response is now in bit heaven. It being immortal however, here it is again, if not very reliably.

I propose that one might use the words according to the following distinction: A platform (or perhaps a hood) could hold you up reliably, but a gallows dependably.

Just a thought...
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#199773 - 05/11/11 11:24 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: JonRichfield]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6041
Loc: Land of the Flat Water

Welcome, Jon
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#199779 - 05/11/11 11:36 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: LukeJavan8]
JonRichfield Offline
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Registered: 05/11/11
Posts: 8
Loc: South Africa
Thanks Luke; Nice to be here!

I'd love to draw you a sheep, but my artistic talents forbid...
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#199780 - 05/11/11 11:40 AM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: JonRichfield]
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/23/08
Posts: 6041
Loc: Land of the Flat Water
That has not stopped a number of others on this site, in the
past. The quote is from Antoine de Ste.-Exupery's
"The Little Prince", a book I used long ago in
teaching second year French. Would last a semester easily,
easy yet challenging. Thanks for the offer anyhow. It is
good to have new blood here, stick around.

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Prince-Kath...05128431&sr=1-1


Edited by LukeJavan8 (05/11/11 11:41 AM)
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#199787 - 05/11/11 06:41 PM Re: Reliable vs. Dependable [Re: LukeJavan8]
Tromboniator Offline
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Registered: 05/10/10
Posts: 778
Loc: Alaska
A Luke sheep:

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