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TheParser
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:00:28 AM
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Dear Advanced Learners:

If you already know this word, then you are really, really "advanced." Congratulations!

If you do not, this is a word that you may actually wish to use in speech or writing.


1. "Chloe doesn't have an ear for languages [ = she does NOT have a natural ability to quickly learn languages], but she has become proficient [fluent] in German by dint of hard work."

2. "Raul is not handsome, but he is very popular with the girls by dint of his fantastic personality."


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Have you guessed the general idea?

The April, 2017, issue of Reader's Digest (where I got the first example sentence) tells us that "dint" in that kind of sentence means power.

In other words:

a. Chloe became proficient in German by the power of hard work.
b. Raul is popular with girls by the power of his personality.

P.S. Do you like that expression in No. 1? Some people DO seem to have an ear for languages. For example, they say that children quickly learn languages. Many of us adults spend too much time worrying about grammar, instead of just listening and imitating.
Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:41:19 AM

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Can 'dint' be also taken as by hard work or reason of?

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NKM
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:59:29 AM

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Not really.

Think of "by dint of " as a synonym of "as a result of."

Hope123
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:59:30 AM

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Hi Ashwin Joshi.

Other synonyms are -

" by dint of by means of, using, due to, as a result of, by virtue of, on the strength of, on account of, as a consequence of, by force of " - TFD

I would add 'because of'.

He succeeded by dint of sheer hard work.

So Readers' Digest is bringing back a word I have not heard in decades!

The kids on the internet these days use it in caps -

DINT is "Did not, didn't" 😀



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TheParser
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:12:28 PM
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Ashwin Joshi wrote:
Can 'dint' be also taken as by hard work or reason of?



Excellent question, Mr. Joshi.

I found this example in the 2001 New Oxford American Dictionary:

"He had gotten to where he was today by dint of sheer hard work."

The dictionary tells us that "by dint of" = by means of.

Or, as Reader's Digest tried to explain as simply as possible in one word: "power."


Romany
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:37:13 PM
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I agree with you Hope, that it's a word that has fallen from current fashion.

It's a great word to know if reading English classics; but I wouldn't advise using it in spoken English any more.

The source material - 'The Readers Digest' - caters to a specific demographic, rather than a general one.
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:54:07 PM

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Quote:
dynt
Old English

Etymology
Akin to Old Norse dyntr

Noun
dynt m

blow


By dint of .....It happened because you thumped someone!

A dialectal variation is 'dent'.

- the other result when you have thumped something. Whistle


But, strangely, in Modern Norse, dyntur is a whim, a fancy. Dynkur is a thump.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 9:10:43 AM
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Thanks, Thar, for the etymology.

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