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Thaddeus H. Black is a licensed Professional Engineer and Master Electrician in the commonwealth of Virginia. He is also a Debian Developer.


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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Autobiographer
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@FumbleFingers: Fair enough. If you have time, please feel free to edit the question as you see fit. Your ideas are probably better than mine.
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@FumbleFingers: I have added your train to the question.
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@FumbleFingers: My mistake. I should don my reading glasses. I missed the :).
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@Drew: I thought of that. Avoided mentioning it only to avoid pedantry, since I supposed that everyone knew about the hemispheres already.
Sep
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@FumbleFingers: I do not mind if you and some others mean something different, but when I wrote the post, I actually meant "usurp." I do not know another, suitable verb for the concept.
Sep
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@PeterShor: I have integrated your six-month-summer observation into the question. The web page to which you have linked is most interesting. Thank you.
Sep
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revised What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
Added @PeterShor's observation.
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@JoeBlow: Good point. What weaker word might suit in place of "usurpation"?
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revised What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
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revised What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@DanBron: Fair enough. My examples may indeed not suffice. Or, perhaps, the thing of which I speak exists only in my imagination! Still, nothing especially prevented our Ms. Barr from preferring "astronomical" to "official," unless it was that she believed that her audience would accept only the astronomical definition as somehow wholly proper.
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comment What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
@JanusBahsJacquet: Meghan Barr, Associated Press, June 19, 2012: "NEW YORK -- The official start of summer brought temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday...."
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asked What is the word for “technical usurpation of an old word”?
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comment Why does common usage of “random” feel so incorrect?
@user2338816: Sausage mountain? Where on my screen is the +100 upvote switch? I can't find it.
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comment Why does common usage of “random” feel so incorrect?
@PatrickM: (Thanks for the helpful edit.)
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awarded  Custodian
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reviewed Approve Why does common usage of “random” feel so incorrect?