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Topic: I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 7:47:08 PM
Koh Elaine wrote:
I sincerely hope/wish that you will not misuse your martial art skills.

Which word should I use?

Thanks!


Actually, it is not possible to misuse martial arts skills. Martial arts contain within them rules and a moral system. If the system is not being followed, the martial art is not being practiced. Then, it becomes mere violence.


Topic: Anyway to get Windows 10 to stop trying to update?
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:14:59 AM
Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Forget the Windows. Try Linux. ;-)


Linux is a kernel. It won't do you much good without an operating system.



Topic: Why third-world countries parents are nothing more than executioners.
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:31:14 AM
Inappropriate forum.
Topic: experimentally prove
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:31:08 AM
Just "proven" is better. Something can't be an "experiment" if the outcome is already known.
These scientists "demonstrated" their phenomena.
Topic: The shop’s daily profit is usually around $500.
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 7:03:41 PM
"Profit" is not a countable noun since it is a single number with no units to count. It is a "mass noun".
Topic: a man of considerable scale
Posted: Sunday, May 9, 2021 6:59:44 PM
I read it as a joke, a double-entendre, that refers both to his importance and his physical girth.
Topic: -pend-
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020 4:24:50 AM

This form of "hang" is the one meaning "suspend" and not the one, sometimes considered a different verb, that means "suspended by the neck for execution". The two meanings diverged somewhat in Indoeuropean. It may be convenient to consider them separate words since a picture is "hung" but a person is "hanged".


Topic: undeliverable perils
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020 4:01:49 AM
lazarius wrote:
I have (half) a mind to reread Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. After 5 years of building a vocabulary it is quite an easy read but still...

Quote:
Chief among these motives was the overwhelming idea of the great whale himself. Such a portentous and mysterious monster roused all my curiosity. Then the wild and distant seas where he rolled his island bulk; the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale; these, with all the attending marvels of a thousand Patagonian sights and sounds, helped to sway me to my wish.

The only way I can understand it is perils from which someone can not be delivered. So technically it should be undeliverable someone - not undeliverable perils. What am I missing?

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It doesn't seem that you are missing anything. In fact, you should congratulate yourself for even noticing this. Technically, at least in modern usage, you are right that the word should apply to the person or persons imperiled. It is an unusual usage and perhaps more common in the past. The sense and usages of words change over time, and sometimes those time intervals are not very long. Word choice can also be influenced by prosody and compactness. If meaning is conveyed, the choice can be deemed a successful one. You might even call it a "poetic" usage.

I see this sort of thing much more often with English authors. There is a greater chance that technically ungrammatical sentences and phrases or unusual use of words will appear so far as I can tell. But these "mistakes" still transfer the meanings intended, sometimes better than a technically correct sentence might do. I've always attributed this (with shallow thought on the subject) to some sort of deeper understanding of the language and its capabilities, a sort of innate, bone-deep knowledge of the native language, that many others, like Americans (though not all) seem to lack. Even if I am not good at producing it, I can appreciate it.










Topic: Stainless steel monolith found in Utah desert
Posted: Saturday, November 28, 2020 10:23:22 AM
Let's hope the sleuths can't now be identified by the hair-loss caused by previously undetected radiation.
Topic: it either executes in its entirety or not at all
Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 8:32:23 AM

It looks like an example of Gricean implicature. Though not explicitly stated, the meaning is understood by the reader based on what has been written earlier.