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In addition to my own studies (reading Strunk and White as well as numerous other books on grammar, style, and typography), I have studied language and linguistics in University including courses on linguistics and psychology of language.

I intend to someday (get around to) create the ultimate language that is efficient, easy to learn and use and beautiful to speak and write. Yes, it’s it a laudable and lofty goal, but one can hope…


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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
I don’t understand the acrimony; it is a perfectly valid question that anybody would ask, and in fact, many people have asked identical questions of different words without getting so much animosity. The SE network used to be friendly, welcoming, and open-minded. ◔_◔
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revised Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
Fixed typo, added information, and tried to clarify.
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accepted Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
That’s exactly what I was trying to find out, if there is a connection or it is just an amusing coincidence. I can live with that answer.
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
No, aside from the similarities in spelling, there there is no connection between machination and Machiavelli. …other than the similarity in meaning?
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
The question is based on facts: they mean practically the same thing, and they sound similar (most cognates sound similar for a reason). Besides, there is almost certainly a definitive answer, and therefore there must be a real question since there cannot be answers to questions that aren’t real. You even called it a question in your comment, so you certainly cannot claim it to not be real; at most you can say it is not good enough for you, not to your liking. That does not make it invalid or not interesting to others (it already has an up-vote), let alone myself.
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
@everybody else, I had not considered looking into the Machiavelli lineage and background. Very interesting information. Unfortunately it seems to be even less clear now and is turning into a bit of a chicken-and-egg scenario. I suppose it could be argued that machination derives from Latin for mechanical in that plots and plans are like clockwork, but I don’t see how the sneaky, conniving aspect would fit; that must come from the style of Machiavelli’s writings for which he is specifically renowned.
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
@Kris, how exactly is this NARQ‽ Just because the answer is obvious to you doesn’t make it an invalid question (if that were a legitimate reason to close questions, then 99% of questions would be expunged from the network). And yes, it is most definitely coincidental that they both sound the same and mean essentially the same thing if they are not actually connected.
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comment Is there any connection between “machination” and Machiavelli?
(Yes there are big and little coincidences. ☺)
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comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
@supercat, yes, and many gardens on Earth are filled with earth every spring, but nobody borrows a cup of hell or drives a hell or has a hell-sandwich.
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comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
Take care because most people understand RPG as "Rocket-Propelled Grenade" @Genady, yes, but context + common-sense/Google = no confusion.
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