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You haven't defined your terms, in particular pragmatics, so I'll use Werner Gitt's hierarchy of communication: statistics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and apobetics. Here, pragmatics is defined as the structure of communication by the transmitter to achieve specific reactions in the receiver. That is, pragmatics is at a higher abstraction ...
It comes from "My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen". Titled men come first (My Lords); then their spouses [My] Ladies; Ladies also include non-titled ladies; and finally, untitled men (Gentlemen). Debretts, Preamble Precedents The following list gives the form in which important guests should be included in a preamble in order of precedence: Your ...
Ladies first. To quote something I had drilled into me from childhood: when serving, visiting ladies home ladies visiting gentlemen home gentlemen yourself.
It probably has to do with the phonetic and metrical properties of "ladies and gentlemen" versus "gentlemen and ladies." Say them both out loud and see which one sounds better to you, intuitively. The metrical pattern of "ladies and gentlemen" consists of (arguably) two dactyls. A dactyl is a group of three syllables where the first is stressed and the ...
I know this answer is years later but what about the word "lexicon" as the answer to your question? Lexicon
I suppose because, in the everyday speech of ordinary people, the use of half long predated the other fractions. This is the earliest entry in the OED, from the year 835. Charter in Old Eng. Texts 447, & him man selle an half swulung an ciollan dene. Whereas the earliest reference to third as a fraction (as opposed to an ordinal number) is ...
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