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Re: “Climate change, the opioid crisis and a proper defense

According to Wikipedia, Donald Black's wayward son is named Derek, not Jeremy, and it mentions no bounty for his murder.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 04/23/2019 at 9:47 PM

Re: “Firefighters, guns, the Cog, and more from this week's inbox

Odin writes, "The first 13 words [of the second amendment] are not a clause... The construction is known as an absolute phrase..."

The internet clarifies:

"Absolute phrases are used to combine two clauses that have different subjects." (…)

"An absolute phrase is a phrase that modifies a whole independent clause (a full sentence); not just one word." (…)

"Please notice that in every case the absolute phrase provides some sort of information that works to put the whole sentence or idea in context." (…)

"There are two kinds of absolute phrases. The first explains a "cause for" or a "condition of" something." (…)

"It is not unusual for the information supplied in the absolute phrase to be the most important element in the sentence." (…)

"Note that in traditional grammar, absolutes (or _nominative_absolutes_) are often more narrowly defined as "noun phrases . . . combined with participles" (Macmillan Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in Twenty Four Hours, 2000). The term _absolute_ (borrowed from Latin grammar) is rarely used by contemporary linguists." (…)

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/20/2019 at 4:13 PM

Re: “New York to Jeff Bezos: Go away

I have a better idea, Mr. Patch. Why don't you tell your side of the story to the over eight million residents of New York City whose tax money would pay the salaries of those 25,000 people who would have been offered jobs.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/01/2019 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Chick-fil-A executive's planned speech at AFA draws criticism

A "self-hating Jew" would never engage in fighting against antisemitic, pseudo-Christian bigotry, as Mr. Weinstein has done so credibly and valiantly for so many years.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 02/13/2019 at 8:34 PM

Re: “The national emergency

Mr. Duffet's ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance, and his vanity is only exceeded by his vulgarity.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/14/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Light Lairs: Painting by Jhonn Pachak

The headline reads, "Light Liars" but the poster image reads "Light Lairs"

Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/08/2019 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

"As Merriam-Webster will tell you,.."

Excuse me, Odin, but I will need better evidence than this, like a real citation from Merriam-Webster. I do not believe they will tell anyone, "they do not document technical definitions, they document popular usage." My experience has been that they document every valid definition of a word, including technical definitions. For example, under "democracy" they list six separate definitions, and under "republic" they list seven.

Which highlights the flaw in your "petunia" analogy. If enough people, for some bizarre reason, decide "to call an adjustable open-end wrench a 'petunia,'..." such that the editors at Merriam-Webster feel they need to take note of it, they will not erase the current definition and replace it with this new definition. They will add the new definition to the entry for "petunia" and the word will then have two definitions instead of just one. In that case, if you were to ask, "Is a petunia a flower or a wrench?" the only correct answers would be "both" or "it depends."

Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/28/2018 at 4:05 PM

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