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  •  Okay that's confusing. (1+ / 0-)
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    Wouldn't it be better to use a dictionary that was actually in existence when the Bill of Rights was written?

    •  ^^not a rhetorical question. (0+ / 0-)
      •  The OED has "England English" (0+ / 0-)

        complete to Arms being defined both as personal weaponry, and as Heraldic.  Modern and archaic uses of the term.

        Ordnance by the OED definition is rather finite, and unambiguous.  

        Work on the OED began in 1857, which is 60-ish years after the writing of the Bill of Rights.  I believe then-current usage was more concurrent to usage in 1792, than 2012.

        Just as I believe you or I could define: "8-track tape", "varsity jacket" or "go-go" for a dictionary written for publication in 2022 - we have the means of using personal knowledge, unavailable to a future generation writing 200 years hence.

        (your answer wasn't taken as rhetorical)

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