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Re: st: RE: various fixes to NJC stuff on SSC

From   n j cox <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: various fixes to NJC stuff on SSC
Date   Thu, 22 Mar 2007 14:02:07 +0000

The language I am attempting to use is called
English. I am not responsible for shifts in meaning
in American versions of that language, nor are
Americans responsible for my usages.

I bow to Tom on his interpretation of contemporary
American usage, and I will look at some English dictionaries
on this point. I am naturally keen to confirm
that I was attempting a compliment. After all, without
Kit Baum to post all my bug fixes, where would I be?

Usage of "egregious" triggers memories of my first introduction
to the word in a Latin class, when the corresponding
word arose in translation and my teacher took
delight in pointing out that there was a splendid
English derivative. His argument that learning Latin
was an excellent way to build up your English vocabulary
seemed a bit roundabout to me, sympathetic though
I was to its charms.


Steichen, Thomas J.

Nick Cox writes (in part):

-----Original Message----------------------------
Thanks to the egregious Kit Baum, various
packages have been added to or revised on SSC:

I presume, Nick, that you were using the archaic meaning
of the word "egregious," that being "distinguished or eminent."

The current (American) usage is to describes something
"extraordinary in some bad way" so I am totally convinced you
did not intend that modern meaning.

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