historical gradients".... was: Kamal probably not a 926
historical gradients".... was: Kamal probably not a 927
On Mon, 28 Feb 2005, alexy This is pure failure to understand. There is no logic here. There are mostly rationalizations. No, To be consistent with your prior sentence, you needed to use the word...
Art, I'm afraid your disdain for logic is showing through again. No, all I am saying is that it is helpful to rational people for the labels on the bottles to bear some relationship to the contents. If I'm making an omelette and want to use some cayenne pepper, I like to be able to count on someone in the spice factory who respects normal usage and who put that label on the bottle of cayenne pepper, not on a bottle of nutmeg. That does not mean I am more interested in the label that the contents.
Who in the world would use a dictionary to understand the world? No, they are helpful in understanding word usage, not the world. You should try it sometime. And not just one, since that could lead to an overly narrow understanding of a word. Look at lots. Do any use "gradient" the way you are? Does that tell you anything, or would a conclusion from that require logical thought?
I guess I've got to learn how to read without engaging logical thought processes! Are you saying that dictionaries give little help, or that there are slang dictionaries that are helpful? If the latter, have you found any that support this rather strange word usage?
Reverend Dodgson was a mathematician and logician writing a children's story with logical playfulness that can be appreciated by some adults. Not really very applicable.
Right, and your use of a totally unrelated word to describe a concept is because you are exercising artistic license in your great literary
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