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  •  Pedant Patrol (6+ / 0-)
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    deep, LSophia, johanus, Mogolori, bluedust, eyesoars
    He's inferring she's affirmative action to stir up the secessionists.
    He's implying, hoping the secessionists infer appropriately.

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:06:43 AM PST

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    •  Some nerve... (1+ / 0-)
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      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:33:01 AM PST

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    •  If that horse ever were in the barn (2+ / 0-)
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      it ain't there no more.

      Definition of INFER

      transitive verb

      1: to derive as a conclusion from facts or premises (we see smoke and infer fire — L. A. White) — compare imply

      2: guess, surmise (our letter … allows me to infer that you are as well as ever — O. W. Holmes †1935)

      3a : to involve as a normal outcome of thought
      b : to point out : indicate (this doth infer the zeal I had to see him — Shakespeare) (another survey…infers that two-thirds of all present computer installations are not paying for themselves — H. R. Chellman)

      4: suggest, hint (are you inferring I'm incompetent?)

      Note the reference to Shakespeare in 3b.

      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

      by Nowhere Man on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:18:26 PM PST

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      •  The dictionary reports both definition and usage. (0+ / 0-)

        The fact that "imply" = "infer" doesn't show up until the third meaning leads me to infer its presence is more about usage than accuracy.

        There is a need for both words, as they mean very different things.

        Just because Shakespeare wrote something, it doesn't mean the usage is accurate.  After all, the line cited was spoken by Falstaff, and he was usually drunk.  ;-)

        "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

        by JBL55 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:46:14 AM PST

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