Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 5 of 5 1 2 3 4 5
Re: Elision #120688
01/27/04 01:09 AM
01/27/04 01:09 AM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
British Columbia, Canada
Z
Zed Offline
Pooh-Bah
Zed  Offline
Pooh-Bah
Z
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
British Columbia, Canada
I hate to tell curmudg I mean Father Steve this but one of the editors of the OED was interviewed on CBC radio on the weekend. He mentioned the dis- vs uninterested imbroglio and said that what many people hate to admit is that disinterested has come to mean uninterested. The OED will define dis as being unbiased etc but will also note that from the 1970's on the meaning changed to uninterested for reasons that are none of the business of the dictionary. (or words to that effect.) He referred to the OED as a biography of English so words are not removed just because they become extinct or politically incorrect.


Re: Elision #120689
01/27/04 08:05 AM
01/27/04 08:05 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
Switzerland
wsieber Offline
old hand
wsieber  Offline
old hand
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
Switzerland
OED as a biography of English suggesting that biography is a paradigm of objectivity? Well, well..


Re: Dis/uninterested #120690
01/27/04 02:15 PM
01/27/04 02:15 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Is this where I'm sposed to pop out of the woodwork and point out that the original defintion of disinterested was 'lacking interest' and that of uninterested was 'unbiased, impartial,' and that it is a common argument among prescriptivists to say that solecistic usage in the past is no excuse for solecistic usage now?


Page 5 of 5 1 2 3 4 5

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,883
Posts224,828
Members9,056
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Nikki1221, Veezkneez, LOC, Luna, wordie
9056 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 145 guests, and 5 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
LOC 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,157
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.015s Queries: 13 (0.004s) Memory: 3.1182 MB (Peak: 3.2460 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-06-19 08:22:35 UTC