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AnnaStrophic #173096 02/02/08 03:21 PM
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Humblest apologies for my breach of forum etiquette. I am not sure what Ad Hominem means but am afraid it's an offense I may have committed.

I will be more judicious about my posts in the future and will try to be less retaliatory.

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Porky,

solecistic means erroneous, as in that apostrophe was. ad hominem is Latin for 'to the person', meaning the response was a personal attack rather than a rebuttal of ideas.

It's considered poor form to complain about usage (the verbing of GoogleŽ) whilst committing a common usage error.

>..which means I'm assuming that everyone here is actually smarter than I am.

You may actually be smarter than you realize!

-joe (just kidding) friday

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Originally Posted By: Porcupine
...because I'm terrified of being ridiculed,

****If you stick with it participation in forums such as this will case-harden you as you come to realize there's always a small fraction of control freaks who will attack anyone for virtually any reason at all

which means I'm assuming that everyone here is actually smarter than I am.

*******Highly doubtful. Undoubtedly you are highly intelligent as well as sensitive, and welcome to the fray

Funny.


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I now find myself annoyed.

Sorry to roil you, Porcupine. Please do stay. It's possible that you'll mellow and get used to the place. It took me awhile when I first got here. I only correct typos or solecisms when the writer is trying to impugn some common usage.


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the tribunal has decided to award you ten merit points

How graphically plutarchian. I congratulate you on your emergence from the chrysalis. The transformation is now complete. How fitting the paranoia. How minor the consequences.

I'll donate my points to Greenpeace in your name.


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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
How graphically plutarchian. I congratulate you on your emergence from the chrysalis. The transformation is now complete. How fitting the paranoia. How minor the consequences.


ooh, I don't think so, but that could be speculatorily fun!


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From zmjezhd's link:
solecism

SYLLABICATION: solˇeˇcism
PRONUNCIATION: sl-szm, sl-
NOUN: 1. A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction. 2. A violation of etiquette. 3. An impropriety, mistake, or incongruity.


Hmm--so, can we say that solipsism is a solecism?

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Just for the record, I my comment was not meant as a complaint about the use of google as a verb as much as it was meant as a curious observation. We are witnessing the evolution of our language, the ubiquitous influence of technology. We are witnessing history, which is still a novel concept to me as I refuse to acknowledge having aged out of my twenties.

Thanks all for the warm welcome and gentle initiation.

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Nouns have been verbed and verbs nouned (in English) going on for a tad bit over half a millennium.


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Yes, I imagine.

However, I would surmise that just as technology is advancing and at unprecedented speed, so is language being influenced by the advancement of technology at a rate that has never before been witnessed.

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